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ARCHIVE: Gender and ICTs Seminars, Prior to 2005

9/14/05Gender and WSIS

video button Women Take the ICT Leap: Gaining Entry to Service Sector Employment

3/02/05video button ICTs and Economic Empowerment of Women in South Asia    

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Female Labor Force Participation - Private Sector Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa Region


video button Information and Communication Technologies and Female Labor Force Participation- Private Sector Opportunities in East Asia


World Bank's Programs on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Gender Equality

Since October 2000, the World Bank has been looking into the ways ICT can be used to overcome gender inequalities. This seminar shared this experience and lessons on how to incorporate gender issues in projects, including practical steps for design and implementation, and then discussed the topics with Japanese audiences. The session also reported on the outcomes of the recent global e-discussion on "ICTs and Gender Equality."


video buttonOffshore Outsourcing of Information Processing Work and Economic Empowerment of Women

Dr. Swasti Mitter explored the impact of transnational relocation of information processing work on the quantity and quality of women's employment in the developing world. Her talk focused on IT Enabled Services, such as data entry, medical transcription, or customer care services processed in call centers. It was placed in the context of accelerating trends in the transference of service sector jobs by global companies from high waged countries to low waged ones.


Video Conference Seminar - Bridging the Gender Digital Divide through Training at the Department of Women and Gender Studies(WGS), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Bantebya described how WGS’ program has helped build women's ICT skills and provided a career path for young females students, despite a persistent perception of ICT as a male discipline within the Makerere University. While the program faced initial attitudinal challenges such as "What had a Department of Women and Gender Studies got to do with ICT or technology?", the program has generated a lot of interest in the University. She will also discuss key remaining barriers to the participation of young women in ICTs and some of the strategies to reverse them.


video button Engendering ICT (with video conference links to Afghanistan, Thailand, and Uganda).  

The study, Engendering ICT: Ensuring Gender Equality in ICT for Development, found that a wide range of Bank projects from different sectors could benefit from paying more attention to gender issues. The training shared lessons of experience in including gender issues into projects and discuss some practical design and implementation issues for task teams. The course introduced participants to the Engendering ICT Toolkit which contains checklists, evaluation tools, good practice examples, and resources appropriate for crafting and incorporating gender into ICT projects and project components. The session included short presentations on successful Bank projects by Bank task managers and external presenters.

Presenters: Homira Nassery, Advisor to Senior Women in Management - UNDP, Carol Le Duc, Senior Social Development Specialist (SASES), Shashi K. Shrivastava, Senior Education Specialist (SASHD), Samia Melhem, Senior Informatics Specialist (CITPO), Kayoko Shibata, Knowledge Management Analyst (PRMGE), Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Senior Advisor for Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, ITU, and Dr.Lynn Thiesmeyer, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University, Tokyo.


Measuring the impact of ICTs on men and women in developing countries

9/17/03Participation in the WSIS PrepCom3 via Videoconference

video button ICT for Rural Development: Next Generation  by Dhara Patel, Coordinator
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), India                                     

6/11/03video button Engendering ICTs Study   hosted by Knowledge for Development
Community (K4D). Presenters: Robert Schware and Kayoko Shibata        
6/4/03"Afghan Women: How has their life changed since Taliban,"
by Lina Abirafeh, Women for Women International 
Ms. Abirafeh went to Afghanistan to help with reconstruction and especially to help the Afghan women by working as Country Director at Women for Women International. She will share her on-the-ground experiences with regard to how life has (or has not) changed for Afghan women. She will also talk about the potential role of ICT for empowering Afghan women and share the many photographs she has taken.

video button View a recording of her presentation on "What Part Afghan Women Play in ICT"  at the Bank workshop, "Empowering the Poor through Rural Information Centers: What Works and What is Sustainable" in December 2002.

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Joint Seminar by ISN QuickStart, Development Gateway, and Gender and Development Group

4/28/03"Round Table Discussion: Roles of Gender & ICT in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals at the Knowledge Fair"
3/20/03ICT, A Powerful Tool to Combat Trafficking of Women - in collaboration with the Development Gateway
2/26/03"Information and Communication Technology: A Powerful Tool to Fight Against Trafficking of Children"
1/02/03 in TokyoWorkshop for the Asia Regional Conference on the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS), WSIS Tokyo Workshop on "Empowering the Poor through Information Access: What Works and What is Sustainable?"
12/02/02video button Workshop for "Empowering the Poor through Rural ICT Centers: what works and what is sustainable?"

video button Gender, Virtual Seminars, and Networking: successful strategies, lessons, and challenges  Presenters: Ms. Dorothy Okello, Coordinator, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Kampala, Uganda. Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 128KB). Dr. Leslie Regan Shade, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 97KB). Ms. Tatjana Sikoska, UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Co-chair: Eija Pehu, Senior Advisor, Rural Development Department, the World Bank

"Getting Gender into ICT Policy: easier said than done" Presenter: Ms. Gillian Marcelle
Chair, the African Information Society Gender Working Group (AISGWG) and Vice Chair of the ITU Task Force on Gender Issues

Gender and Global E-Learning in Collaboration with the ISN QuickStart Program. Presented by Dr. Barbara Fillip, President, Knowledge for Development, LLC.  Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 74KB). Discussants: Dr. Anne S. Walker, Executive Director, International Women's Tribune Center (IWTC); Dr. Janice Brodman, Director of the Center for Innovative Technologies at the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC); and Ms. Sonia Jorge, Consultant. Chair: Mr. Motoo Kusakabe, VP of Resource Mobilization and Co-financing, the World Bank.


An informal Meeting on SEWA's ICT Program. Presented by Vinayak Ghatate, Manager of ICT Program, SEWA. Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 284KB). Commentator: Motoo Kusakabe, VP of Resource Mobilization and Co-financing, the World Bank.


Gender and E-Government: in collaboration with the E-Government Thematic Group. Presented by Katherine Reilly, Independent Consultant. Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 123KB). Team Members of the Public Window Project: Marina Aguilar, Professor Carlos Wendorff, Yris Aquije, and Mariela Guillen. Slide Presentation. (PowerPoint 160KB). Akhtar Badshah, the Executive Director, Digital Partners. Slide Presentation(PowerPoint 566KB).


video button ICT Training for Women Entrepreneurs: pilot projects in Costa Rica and Bolivia with other experiences in Latin America.   Presented by Ms. Helena Tapper, ICT Consultant, Gender in Knowledge Economy, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Slide Presentation(Power Point 926KB). Dr. Enrique Velazco-Reckling, President, Instituto de Asistencia Social, Económica y Tecnológica (INASET). Slide Presentation(Power Point 137KB). Lucy Lazo, Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Philippines (TESDA). Jerri Dell, Senior Women in Development Specialist, the World Bank Institute.


video button Panel Session: Potential Contributions of African Diasporas to Women's Economic Opportunities with the ICT- enabled Businesses    by Dr. Laketch Dirasse, the Chief of UNIFEM Africa Section. Slide Presentation(Power Point 308KB). Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, CEO and Founder of Application Technologies, Inc. Mr. Jacques Rostenne, President, PERWIT International. Slide Presentation(Power Point 67.5KB). Dr. Natalie Hahn, Senior Private Sector Advisor, United Nations Fund for International Partnerships.


Gender and Digital Divide - Assessing the Impacts of Telecenters Discussion on the potential of telecenters to expand women's access to and the use of ICTs with Eva Rathgeber, University of Ottawa/Carleton University; Sally Shakleton, Women's Net; Anriette Esterhuysen, the APC; Karin Delgadillo, ChasquiNet; and Dr. Nancy J. Hafkin.

02/05/02video button The Leaky Pipeline: Gender Barriers in Science, Engineering and Technology
Executive Director of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNSCD)

Exploring the Gender Impact of the World Links Program. World Links is a global learning network linking thousands of students and teachers around the world via the Internet for collaborative projects and integration of technology into learning. Presenter: Sam Carlson, Executive Director World Links Organization. Slide Presentation (Power Point 676KB).

12/18/01Using ICTs to Create Opportunities for Marginalized Women and Men: The Private Sector and Community Working Togetherby Chetan Sharma, Founder and CEO of Datamation, IndiaSlide presentation without graphics (Power Point 552Kb). Slide presentation with graphics(1.55MB).

Creating Opportunities for Women in Developing Countries: Cisco Systems and Partners Work Together to Develop Gender-sensitive ICT Training Programsby Erin Walsh. Slide presentation(PowerPoint 1720Kb). Slide presentation without graphics(PowerPoint 1293 Kb). Cisco Seminar Q& A's.

10/18/01Access to ICTs for Rural Womenby Lynne Gallagher and Rebecca Mayer. Slide presentation(PowerPoint 152 Kb). 

The Recent USAID ICT Assessment in Eritrea and the Effort to Integrate Gender Analysis, by Roshika Singh and Kim Jefferson. The presentation relayed some basic facts about Eritrea and how ICTs can be leveraged to enhance development objectives given the special development challenges that Eritrea faces. The presentation also provided an overview of the strategy utilized to conduct the ICT assessment.

6/13/01"Bottlenecks and points of intervention: Looking through the prism of small business in Africa"by Nidhi Tandon, Networked Intelligence for Development.

Results from pilot project, "Rural Women in Africa: Ideas for Earning Money," in Uganda by Anne Walker and Vicki Semler, International Women's Tribune Center. IWTC developed this tool in partnership with IDRC/Eastern and Southern Africa Office and it allows women to discover new ways of earning money in their rural setting. By using sounds and visuals, women with the most basic education will be able to use and learn from the tool. The CD-ROM will be available for use in telecenters, which are accessible to rural women in English and in their local language. This CD-ROM has important implications for future use, as it may be replicated in different countries and on different subjects. Project Summary (PDF 10kb) of Rural Women in Africa Gaining Access to ICT-based Information.

3/28/01Gender, Information Technology and the Digital Divide in Africa"by Nancy J. Hafkin, Former Coordinator, African Information Society Initiative, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Talk by Walda Roseman, CEO and President of CompassRose International, a telecommunications regulatory expert and founder of the Network of Women in International Communications and Telecommunications.

2/08/01"Creating Opportunities and Meeting Needs: Techniques for Using ICTs"by Janice Brodman.

"Using Information and Communication Technologies to Empower Women in the MENA Region" by Mahnaz Afkhami, President of the Women's Learning Partnership and Samia Melham, Senior Informatics Specialist, CITPO.


"World Links, Greenstar International and Virtual Souk"by Bob Hawkins, World Links; Paul Swider, Greenstar International; and Azedine Melham, WBI.

10/11/00"Equalizing Access to Information Technology: Lessons and Experience from a Study of Gender Disparities"by Nancy Taggart and Chloe O'Gara, Academy for Educational Development.

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