Call for Writers: "Women and ICTs" Issue of Journal"Agenda" (Jan 28th deadline)
- Hello Dear Jeff, Markus, Pam, and All,
Great to hear from you, and you read my mind! Whatever you'd like to do would be excellent, and I look forward to hearing from you and all!Am also passing this along to Markus (who has written to me abt women and meaningful inclusion...THANKS so much, Markus, and will respond to you this week) and Pam (forums), and maybe we can create an entry which reflects all of our various interests and activities!
With thanks and here's to the "write" stuff! Janet
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> Date: 1/10/2007 12:36:20 PM
> Subject: [holistichelping] Re: [1village] Call for Writers: "Women and ICTs" Issue of Journal"Agenda" (Jan 28th deadline)
> Thanks for sharing that with us.
> We could see this a group effort and see what ideas the groups can come
> up with and then a couple of us can volunteer and then refine those
> ideas into a polished abstract that we could then submit by the deadline
> I am also including the Winneba Linux User Group
> http://www.wilugghana.org (WiLUG). Kafui (OVF Ghana Director) has been
> successful in encouraging young women to participate and take leadership
> roles in developing the WiLUG at the University of Education in Winneba.
> I think it would be interesting to hear some of their ideas and
> perspectives on this subject and see if they might be interested in
> submitting something or possibly we could do it as collaborative effort.
> I will share some of some of my thoughts and ideas (as it relates to OVF
> mission and vision) about this subject later.
> Feldman wrote:
> > Dear Friends,
> > This is a great opportunity for some in our groups to write on a
> > pressing and important subject, and hope to see a submission or two (I
> > may write one, and perhaps Helen, Maria...men welcome too!). With
> > thanks, and here's to an agenda for women's empowerment in 2007, which
> > ultimately empowers us all! Janet
> > Call for Writers:
> > To send contributions for the upcoming Agenda journal on Women and
> > ICTs (working title)
> > At the forefront of feminist publishing in South Africa for 20
> > years, the Agenda journal raises debate around women�s rights and
> > gender issues. The journal encourages critical thinking, debate
> > and social activism and strengthens the capacity of women and men
> > to challenge gender discrimination and injustices.
> > Agenda will publish a journal focussing on the topic of Women and
> > ICTs in *May 2007*.
> > This Agenda journal will explore how women can take advantage of
> > the ICT revolution and what women�s obstacles are to using ICTs.
> > Proposed contributions should cover one or more of the following
> > key areas from a women�s rights or feminism perspective:
> > What opportunities will ICTs offer women in achieving the
> > Millennium Development Goals? What are the obstacles to using ICTs
> > to economically empower women? How can ICTs empower women in the
> > informal economy? How can ICT policies be engendered?
> > What are the dangers of creating a digital divide, a disparity
> > between those who make use of ICTs efficiently and effectively,
> > and those who do not? Do women in Africa have the capacity and
> > skills to make effective use of ICTs? The ICT revolution has only
> > really impacted the major cities so far - how can we deploy a
> > sustainable ICT infrastructure that empowers marginalised people
> > living in rural areas, particularly women?
> > Contributions need to be written in English language and in a
> > style accessible to a wide audience. Please submit abstracts to
> > editor@...
> > All submissions must contain the following:
> > Specify the specific key area you would like to write on
> > Provide a 200-300 word overview/abstract
> > Provide full contact details: your name, institution/organisation,
> > telephone, email and the country in which you reside/country of origin
> > Deadline: Please submit no later than *January 28th, 2007.*
> > Background
> > ICTs are key tools to transform the way women live, and the way
> > development takes place. The use of ICTs enables more information
> > to be found, retrieved and disseminated faster than ever before �
> > it means we are moving to an information- and knowledge-based
> > society. ICTs have many potential benefits for women, for example
> > an increased ability to work from home, improved employment
> > opportunities in the fast-growing IT sector, improved global
> > market access through e-commerce and improved access of women,
> > especially rural women, to distance learning and distance work
> > programme.
> >Yet, ICT use remains difficult, if not impossible, for the
> > majority of women worldwide. Women often find themselves at a
> > disadvantage, whether through a perception that technology is a
> > male domain or due to lack of skills, education, opportunity or
> > access to finance. There is also a lack of gendered access to ICTs
> > and ICT training - especially for rural women; a lack of awareness
> > of women to the benefits of ICTs and language barriers to the use
> > of ICTs for non-native speakers of English.
> >There are multiple challenges to ICTs becoming a positive force
> > for women's economic empowerment, including the large percentage
> > of women in developing countries who work in the informal sector;
> > the lack of support for women working in the formal sector and the
> > lack of infrastructure in developing countries for conducting
> > e-commerce. Engendering ICTs is not merely about greater use of
> > ICTs by women. It is about transforming the ICT systems using a
> > rights-based approach.
> > Kristin Palitza
> > Editor
> > Agenda
> > Empowering Women for Gender Equity
> > 20 Diakonia Avenue
> > Durban, 4001
> > South Africa
> > Tel +27 31 304 7001
> > Fax +27 31 304 7018
> > editor@...
> > www.agenda.org.za
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