Hello Dear Maria, Pam, Helen, Lenny, and All!
Fantastic to hear from you, and I so much appreciate you too, always being so encouraging and optimistic!! I think your idea--as far as Africa is concerned--is great, ie Helen and others there leading the way, with you adding something. And YES on Lenny's amazing work!
I do want to say that this is a journal which focuses on "all" women, though, ie it is not African only, albeit being based in S Africa. So if you have experience and ideas relevant to the topic, I would encourage you--and any woman or man, anywhere--to do a submission too. Or not to feel concerned if you and Helen were to write a joint article, each discussing your experiences from your own perspective (African and European), and then how you are working together, which could be both fascinating and instructive!
Pam, the thought occurred to me that I might mention your work and that of some others if I write something myself. Would this be OK? I do have some info you have sent, on yourself and your work, to help me, but if there is anything else you want to send (assuming you like the idea), that would be great. I'm not sure of my own time either right now, but wanted to ask "in case".
With greatest thanks to all, and love, Janet
From: Maria Agnese Giraudo
Sent: Jan 11, 2007 3:04 AM
To: email@example.com, Helen Mahoo , Leonard
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Call for Writers: "Women and ICTs" Issue of Journal "Agenda" (Jan 28th deadline)
Dear Janet, Helen, Leonard, Andrius and all,
thanks Janet for your invitation. I would like that some African women, living in Africa write articles, rather than European or American. Please Helen and some other student in Dar you can do this! Leonard you can inform of this initiative women in Tanzania!!!
I appreciate Janet your intelligent and warm support to everybody!!
Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink. net> ha scritto:
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 womens 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 womens obstacles are to using ICTs.
Proposed contributions should cover one or more of the following key areas from a womens 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@agenda. org.za
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.
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.
Empowering Women for Gender Equity
20 Diakonia Avenue
Tel +27 31 304 7001
Fax +27 31 304 7018editor@agenda. org.za www.agenda.org. za
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