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The Following resources are collected from members of APC-Africa-Women. Some have been initiated by the network, and others have been developed by the member organisation itself.

Web sites

WSIS NGO Gender Strategies Working Group web site
With nearly all of the planned regional preparatory meetings for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) completed and the Second Preparatory Committee meeting fast approaching, the WSIS NGO Gender Strategies Working Group (WN-GSWG)* considers this a most opportune time for women to begin sharing and discussing our lobbying points and strategies for the Summit.
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Flamme - African Sisters Online
At the time of the 5th Regional Conference on Women (Dakar, 1994) Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as an issue and as a tool for women's agenda was almost ignored. The ICTs for women issue was highlighted in the Beijing Conference, but poorly at the African level. Since then, the context of ICTs in Africa has evolved a lot, and different initiatives have been set up for women in the field of ICTs in Africa.

African women must seize the Beijing+5 evaluation process to use, get information, be trained and have their say in the ICT field as well as in the Beijing assessment process, within Africa and linking to the global processes. Thus FLAME/FLAMME: Sisters On-Line Website was developed by 12 committed women's NGOs to meet this need.

Flame serves as an electronic forum for women to share and exchange ideas, strategies, information and issues of concern to impact on the implementation of the Beijing platform for action. Flame is a network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally.


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Africa ICT Policy Monitor Project
The APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor's primary goal project is to enable the consideration of civil society needs in ICT policy development. The ultimate aim being that governments and policy makers recognise that access to and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is a basic human right.

The ICT Policy Monitor project is collecting and interpreting policy information in Africa in a similar way to related APC Internet rights projects already underway in Latin America and Europe, to build civil society awareness of ICT policy issues in the context of other basic human rights, and to provide a means to monitor and engage ICT policy issues in the interests of social justice and human development.


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APC Women's Networking Support Programme
The web site for The APC WNSP supports women networking for social change. Our programme work areas include training, participatory research, policy and advocacy in gender and information technology, information facilitation, and regional programme support. We strive to challenge the inequities faced by women, especially in the south.
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Research

Information and Communication Technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.
The Division for the Advancement of Women, Department for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, convened an Expert Group Meeting on "Information and Communication Technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women", organized in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations ICT Task Force Secretariat.
The meeting was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11 to 14 November 2002. These reports will be used for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women.
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Signposts on the Superhighway: African Gender Signposts
Panos Southern Africa, with support from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, commissioned women’s organisations largely from southern Africa to engage in a gender analysis of the Internet and identify relevant, easy-to-use Internet information resources on gender and development.
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Gender and the Information Revolution in Africa
The essays in this book examine the current and potential impact of the ICT explosion in Africa. They focus specifically on gender issues and analyze the extent to which women's needs and preferences are being served. The authors underscore the need for information to be made directly relevant to the needs of rural women, whether in the areas of agriculture, health, microenterprise, or education. They argue that it is not enough for women simply to be passive participants in the development of ICTs in Africa. Women must also be decision-makers and actors in the process of using the new ICTs to accelerate African economic, social, and political development.
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Women's Information Services and Networks: A global source book
This source book is part of the Gender Society and Development series published by KIT. It looks at how women's networks and information services are using ICTs for their work. The book includes a directory of the 'Mapping the World' database.
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General Documents

Gender Caucus Statement at the Africa Regional Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society
This statement was prepared by the Gender Caucus at the African Regional Summit on the Information Society 2002 in Bamako, Mali. APC-Africa-Women was there to help draft and to mobilise support for the statement. The Gender Caucus meeting was initiated by UNIFEM.
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Statement from APC-Africa Women. Information and Communication Technologies:A Women's Agenda
This statement was launched at the 6th African Regional Conference on Women in Addis Ababa in November 1999. The focus is on women's access and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for equality and development in Africa.
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The Internet - Getting Connected
This joint publication of the African Gender Institute and Womens'Net has been compiled as a tool to encourage gender activists based in women's organisations to make effective use of the Internet. It is an easy to understand, illustrated guide to understanding and using the Internet.
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Articles/Papers

Development - Volume 45 Issue 04 - Creating Global Communication
Development is the Journal of the Society for International Development (SID). Volume 45 Issue 04 - Creating Global Communiation - Development and the new Information and Communication Technologies.



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Internet and ICTs for Social Change
This document locates APCWNSP's GEM work in the context of overall development issues of gender and ICTs. It sets out critical ICT issues relevant to gender equality and women's empowerment in the current context of globalisation. This section also presents APC and APCWNSP's analysis of these issues and our approach to using ICTs for development.
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Women and Media for Social Change: Communication Initiatives Worldwide
Advances in technology over the past two decades have brought information to the most isolated regions. Media convergence allows the dissemination of the same news in various forms (print, radio, television, Internet). But the gross of the information that is disseminated across the planet is commercial and standardized, designed to maximize investor's profits and insensitive to social justice and equity.
Women across the world, concerned with the impact of media on their lives, insisted in 1995 that the United Nations make media a critical area of concern.

This book (and web site) gives an overview of the progress made in the media landscape in the six years that followed the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and highlights the obstacles encountered by women in each world region.

Faced with media that makes so little place for them, women have developed strategies to produce information that is balanced and representative, to claim their place and to present new voices and new images: a newspaper in Haiti, multimedia books for rural African women, a feminist press agency in Mexico, community radio in East Timor, interactive television in France, journalist networks in the Middle East, an Internet network for peace in Macedonia. This book is a journey through the world of women's accomplishments in the field of media, accomplishments that point the way to making
information accessible.
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Relevant and Accessible Electronic Networking in Africa
This article reflects on some of the debate around the relevance, usefulness and appropriateness of ICTs for women in Africa.
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Report on the APC Women's Program in Africa and WomenAction research into the situation of computer networking among women's organizations in Africa and how WomenAction can support their participation in the Beijing+5 process
Over a period from August-September 1999, the APC Women's Program in Africa and WomenAction conducted research into the situation of computer networking among women's organizations in Africa and how WomenAction could better support their participation in the Beijing+5 process. Results of the research are to be used as a lobby input for the 'Beijing PfA Section J: Women and Media' at the Sixth African Regional Conference on Women for the Mid-Decade Review of the Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms for Action (PfA), 22-27 November 1999, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition, the results will be used by WomenAction to better anticipate how to enable women around the world to communicate with each other about Beijing+5 and to exchange information.

This report presents a summary of the research findings. In the following section, the characteristics of the respondents and their organizations is presented. This is followed by sections on the Beijing+5 process, Communication, Information retrieval, Information dissemination, Skills, Training & support, and finally Recommendations.
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Net Gains: African Women Take Stock of Information and Communication Technologies
This book is the product of participatory research. Forty-two women from sixteen countries in east, west, north and southern Africa gave generously of their time to contribute to the research and share their experiences. The book attempts to address questions such as: What relevance do information and communications technologies have to poor rural women?; and Is the information revoluntion really a priority for the African continent, when there are far more immidiate challenges to be addressed?

The research forms part of a holistic APC-Africa-Women and FEMNET programme of activities related to the Beijing+5 process in Africa and internationally.
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