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Home > Resources for Women

Resources for Women

This section - which is aimed at both trainers and end users - offers links to resources specifically targeted at women. The resources are divided into the following categories:

"Target audience" under each listing tells you whether the resource is aimed at end-users ("General"), end-users and trainers ("General and Trainers") or only at Trainers. Resources designated as aimed at trainers include, for example, workshop curricula, PowerPoint presentations and worksheets.

For additional resources which are not specifically women-focussed use the navigation panel on the left-hand side of this page.

This section was developed by South African Women'sNet and the APC Women's Networking Support Programme.


General women- and gender-related training resources

Multimedia Gender Training Kit

Developed by: Indira Gandhi National Open University in collaboration with UNESCO
Type of resource: website
Target audience: Women
Cost: Members only

This gender training kit gives you an opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills in the crucial area of gender and development. The kit has 7 modules which cover issues of empowerment, governance, gender sensitive policies, education, and leadership. Each module has lessons and assessments before going on to the next module. You must sign up at the learning centre to receive the kit's modules.


Don't get lazy

Developed by: DFID/HR Wallingford, UK
Type of resource: Story,poster, discussion guide
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Gender-sensitive irrigation development training using story, posters and discussion guide for use in groups of irrigators of mixed literacy abilities.


Gender and Training: Mainstreaming gender equality and the planning, realisation, and evaluation of training programmes

Developed by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Type of resource: PDF file
Target audience: Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

Based on the concept of "didactics that promote gender equality", manual prepared by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for its staff and consultants, the manual defines key terms and practical tips for being gender aware in the workplace. It encourages trainers to examine content, work forms and methods, their own gender knowledge, language and communication.


Gender Training Wiki

Developed by: INSTRAW
Type of resource: wiki
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

INSTRAW has launched a wiki for compiling events, institutions and materials regarding gender training. Available in Spanish and English, and increasingly, French, the wiki is full of links to handbooks, indicators, and tips on gender training with a wide range of content areas including poverty, leadership, environment, and violence against women. Of particular interest for ItrainOnline users are the handbooks regarding ICTs and gender and media, although
trainers will find the site very useful overall.


Preventing Violence Against Women

Developed by: MMTK
Type of resource: MS Word files
Target audience: General, Women, Information intermediaries
Cost: Free access

Three units on Preventing Violence Against Women from the ItrainOnline Multimedia Training Kit: Background, issues, and main trends; Identifying internet and other resources on Preventing Violence Against Women; Developing resource collections. These materials form a workshop training kit, which trainers can adapt for face-to-face training workshops in their own contexts.


Which Framework? Gender training - Four Current Models

Developed by: British Council
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

As practitioners, we need frameworks and tools to operationalize gender analysis and planning and to assist in gender-sensitive project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. But which framework, which sets of tools best suits our individual, highly specific circumstances?


Gender for Journalists

Developed by: Commonwealth Press Union / Trish Williams
Type of resource: web site
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This on line toolkit developed by Trish Williams for the Commonwealth Press Union is a good resource for any journalist or communicator, and one to keep in mind if your organisation hosts an interactive news site. It offers an overview of basic gender issues and sexist terms, statistics, and further gender resources. Williams, a media consultant, developed the tool because journalists play such an important role in forming society opinion. The toolkit includes brief exercises to help journalists reflect on their own stereotypes, alternatives to sexist terminology, and underlines the responsibility of media regarding gender issues.


Exercises in Gender Mainstreaming

Developed by: Johanna van Schalkwyk, Gender in Development Monograph Series #8
Type of resource: a PDF manual with worksheets and handouts
Target audience: Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

Part of the UNDP's Monograph series on gender in development, this document contains facilitators notes, exercises and handouts on mainstreaming gender in development projects, including governance programmes, human rights programmes and community based water resource projects.


Gender Mainstreaming: Learning and Information Packs

Developed by: UNDP: Gender in Development
Type of resource: Powerpoint, word and HTML documents
Target audience: General, Trainers
Cost: Free access

These Information Packs are intended as resources both for self-training, and for use in workshop situations devoted to gender mainstreaming. They may also be incorporated into workshops on other topics, to strengthen their gender mainstreaming potential. Each Information Pack gives summary information, together with speaker's notes, and also provides handouts, exercises, further reading and linkages to relevant internet resources.


AWORC Research on How Women Use the Internet

Developed by: AWORC
Type of resource: MS Word document
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This paper, entitled "The AWORC Research on the Use of Information and Communication Technologies by Women's Organisations in the Asia-Pacific Region" presents a summary of the results of an AWORC survey carried out to ascertain the extent of the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by women’s organizations in Asia and the Pacific.


Building Gender Considerations Into ICT Evaluation Work

Developed by: Peregrine Wood, APC Women's Networking Support Programme
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This paper introduces the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Women's Program, its approach to, and practice of evaluation, and shares some experiences and lessons learned applying the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Audit Framework, an evaluation tool to learn more about the role and impact of ICTs on development projects. Conclusions drawn from this experience point to the need for evaluation frameworks that consider broader issues such as gender, race, ethnicity and class. In developing such frameworks, the paper looks at some gender analysis methods and tools, probing questions, and criterion as preliminary steps in developing tools to assist practitioners in evaluating the role and use of ICTs from a gender perspective.


Developing Women: How Technology can Help

Developed by: Goyal, A.Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Type of resource: PDF file
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

The paper addresses the question of whether women have lower earnings because of intrinsic feminine attributes or because of features of their environment. In a model of household resource allocation and the labor market we show that equilibria satisfy static efficiency but are dynamically inefficient. A small difference in technology of production of the household good, or in preference for it, magnifies relative costs of external work for women. They devote more time to the production of the household good. But this choice lowers human capital embodied in women and changes the perceptions of women's abilities. Women are relegated to low productivity work in a self-reinforcinglow-level trap that lowers their self-esteem. But modern information technologies (IT) make flexi-time, high paying, work at home feasible for women. They lower matching costs, compensating for lack of mobility. Women will more easily find jobs that match their preferences and attributes. Society will gain because dynamic inefficiencies will be removed but greater diversity preserved. Since entrenched perceptions take time to change special policies are required. Our model makes it possible to distinguish among the distortion that occur, and identify targeted policy interventions. There is evidence that the predictions of the model are being borne out in the use of IT.

It was not the small difference in women's biology and preferences that harmed them as much as the absence of opportunities that matched these qualities. Technological change can, with a little help, remedy this. Since costs of mobility and potential contributions of women are particularly high in developing countries, developing women will hasten development.


Discovering the "Magic Box": Local appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Developed by: Sabine Isabel Michiels and L. Van Crowder, Food and Argiculture Organisation
Type of resource: Html document
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This paper was compiled as a desk study on the appropriation of the new information communication technologies (ICTs) by local communities and groups in developing countries. It is a contribution by FAO to the work undertaken by the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)1 to provide inputs to the ongoing Dotforce2 Consultations.

Although the paper does not focus specifically on gender or women, it does have a section on "Women on the Net" and has useful information on the appropriation of technology.


Gender and Information and Communication Technology: Towards an Analytical Framework

Developed by: APC: Women's Networking Support Programme
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

This paper presents a range of perspectives on gender and information and communication technology (ICT) drawn from a review of the literature. The aim is to present some of the major debates and critiques of ICT to highlight some important issues of concern for women. It also provides an analytical framework from which to view women’s global participation in, need for and critique of computer networking. The framework builds on an initial one developed for a research study undertaken by the Association for Progressive Communications’ Women’s Networking Support Programme on women’s global networking by incorporating more international perspectives into the discussion, and highlighting some issues and observations specific to women working in ICT.


Gender and the Information Revolution in Africa

Developed by: Rathgeber, E. M.; Ofwona Adera, E. (eds) International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Type of resource: Online book
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

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.


Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM): Using ICTs for Social Change

Developed by: APC - WNSP
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change. GEM's provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels.

The guide provides users with an overview of the evaluation process (including links to general evaluation resources) and outlines suggested strategies and methodologies for incorporating a gender analysis throughout the evaluation process.


Gender, Information Technology and Developing Countries: An Analytic Study

Developed by: Nancy Hafkin and Nancy Taggart, USAID: Office of Women in Development
Type of resource: Document in PDF
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

Information technology (IT) has become a potent force in transforming social, economic, and political life globally. Without its incorporation into the information age, there is little chance for countries or regions to develop. More and more concern is being shown about the impact of those left on the other side of the digital divide - the division between the information "haves" and "have nots." Most women within developing countries are in the deepest part of the divide - further removed from the information age than the men whose poverty they share. If access to and use of these technologies is directly linked to social and economic development, then it is imperative to ensure that women in developing countries understand the significance of these technologies and use them.


Information, Communication and Knowledge Sharing Learning Pack (draft)

Developed by: UNDP Gender in Development Programme
Type of resource: MS Word document
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

This Learning and Information Pack presents an overview of the roles that information, communications and knowledge-sharing can play in support of gender mainstreaming processes. It introduces emerging concepts and trends in the area of knowledge-sharing and knowledge management for development, as well as offering practical how-to resources on information and communications technologies (Email, databases, and so on). It is intended for use either in a training setting or for the interested reader.


Supporting Women's Use of Information Technologies for Sustainable Development

Developed by: Sophia Huyer, Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT)
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

The central question of this study concerns African women's use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This includes issues of access, the benefits African women experience and can expect to experience from ICTs, and the role they can and do play in the production and dissemination of information.

The study is organised into three sections. The first four headings look at the situation of African women vis a vis their social, technological and information contexts. The second section looks at barriers to women's full use of ICTs, and strategies for overcoming those barriers. This section is based on examples of women's experiences and activities. The final section contains guidelines and recommendations for future projects and research to facilitate women's participation in the information society.


Sustainability in Telecommunication Through Gender & Social Equality

Developed by: ITU
Type of resource: MS Word files
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

These Gender modules - which include manuals for workshop trainers and participants - were developed to fulfil the mandate of assisting ITU Member States in considering gender mainstreaming in policy and regulatory issues as well as in strategic management. Topics covered are Introduction to Regulation, Introduction to Access, Introduction to Licensing, Interconnection, Tariffs, Competition Policy, Strategic Change Management, Human Resources: A True Agent of Change.


Women in Sync: Toolkit for Electronic Networking

Developed by: APC Women's Networking Support Programme
Type of resource: PDF, in three kits
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

Women in Sync is a collection of stories about the experiences of women and their organisations who have become a part of the APC WNSP network. It is designed to be a toolkit for women's electronic networking.


Women-focussed ICTs resources by subject

Online Communities and Collaboration - General

Gender for Journalists

Developed by: Commonwealth Press Union / Trish Williams
Type of resource: web site
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This on line toolkit developed by Trish Williams for the Commonwealth Press Union is a good resource for any journalist or communicator, and one to keep in mind if your organisation hosts an interactive news site. It offers an overview of basic gender issues and sexist terms, statistics, and further gender resources. Williams, a media consultant, developed the tool because journalists play such an important role in forming society opinion. The toolkit includes brief exercises to help journalists reflect on their own stereotypes, alternatives to sexist terminology, and underlines the responsibility of media regarding gender issues.

Link to resource


Databases - General

Managing Information Using Databases

Developed by: AWORC
Type of resource: MS Word and PowerPoint files.
Target audience: Trainers, General, Women
Cost: Free access

Materials from the Asian Women's Resource Exchange's 2001 WENT training course. Modules consist of handout and PowerPoint presentations on topics including database concepts, the database development cycle, developing database specifications and Web-database integration.

Link to resource


Finding Information on the Internet - General

Finding Internet Resources on Preventing Violence Against Women

Developed by: APC WNSP
Type of resource: Zipped MS Word files
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

This workshop kit for trainers forms the basis of a training sessions on navigating online and offline information sources of resources on VAW. Part of the Multimedia Training Kit.

Link to resource


Secure Computing and Online Communications - For networks and servers

LinuxChix Security Lessons

Developed by: LinuxChix.org
Type of resource: Web site and mailing lists.
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This free security course is presented via a mailing list; the lessons are also available on the LinuxChix web site. Aimed primarily at women, the LinuxChix community offers mailing lists, annotated links to resources, and free online courses.

Link to resource


Open Source - Linux

LinuxChix

Developed by: LinuxChix.org
Type of resource: Web site and mailing lists.
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

Aimed primarily at women, the LinuxChix community offers mailing lists, annotated links to resources, and free online courses. "Men are also welcome - the only real rule is that the participants must be polite and helpful."

Link to resource


Strategic Internet Use - The Internet for activism

Advocacy & Lobbying Online: Designing and developing a campaign

Developed by: Women'sNet
Type of resource: Online Workbook
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

This workbook from South African Women'sNet gives an overview of the steps to follow for developing an online campaign, and includes exercises for evaluating online campaigns.


Using ICT for Policy Advocacy

Developed by: AWORC
Type of resource: MS Word and PDF files
Target audience: General, Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

Materials from the Asian Women's Resource Exchange's 2001 WENT training programme. The modules consist of handouts and PowerPoint presentations on topics including "Integrating ICT into Policy Advocacy: Intro to Tools" and "Integrating ICT into your Communication Strategy"

Link to resource


Strategic Internet Use - Knowledge management

Building civil society portals: Reflections by practitioners

Developed by: APC / Karel Novotny
Type of resource: Word document
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This paper compiles perspectives of civil society portal experiences and offers insights into design, news aggregation, keeping portals dynamic, tips for sustainability and what it means to build a community of users. The study details challenges and tips coming from practical experience.

Link to resource


Strategic Internet Use - General

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Idea Book: Integrating Digital Tools Into Your Projects

Developed by: Peace Corps
Type of resource: PDF file
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

"This is a practical reference for all volunteers who would like to use radio, television, computers or other ICT in their work. After an overview of ICT and the Peace Corps, the book shares examples of Volunteer and community work with ICT by sector, with additional chapters addressing how women, girls, and youth in general are using (or can use) ICT to achieve their development goals."

Link to resource


Understanding Civil Society Portals

Developed by: APC / Mark Surman
Type of resource: Zip archive of MS Word files
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

Based on findings from five in-depth case studies and quick reviews of dozens of sites, this document provides an overview of civil society portal approaches and practical tips for portal builders. It outlines common approaches and challenges that have emerged from recent CSO portal projects. It also offers a set of basic planning tools that will help organizations in the process of building or upgrading their sites. Case studies on ItrainOnline, UruguayTotal, Women'sNet, ChangeNet and Rabble.ca are included.

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Telecentres - Assessment

Gender Analysis of Telecentre Evaluation Methodology

Developed by: APC: Women's Networking Support Programme
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

This document sets out to address the question of how gender can be meaningfully integrated into telecentre evaluation methodologies. It is animated by African experiences and examples and specifically by South African experiences and examples. A lack of resources and time has limited the scope of this document and it is recommended that more of both be put into further investigations of these issues. Specifically in terms of primary research with women and men working as telecentre operators and managers, with women and men in communities serviced by telecentres and an investigation of similarities of these experiences across countries and continents in the developing world.

Link to resource


Web Design - Online web design communities

Wise-Women

Developed by: Wise-Women
Type of resource: Web site and mailing lists
Target audience: General, Women
Cost: Free access

Wise-Women is "an international community and network dedicated to supporting women who work as, or aspire to becoming, Web designers, developers, and programmers." Membership is open to all, men as well as women. The Wise-Women Web site includes tutorials, articles and discussion lists on topics such as writing for the Web, promoting your site, Web programming and graphics.

Link to resource


Web Design - General

Building a Web Site Together: A Curriculum for a Team Web Site Building Workshop

Developed by: SA Women'sNet / SANGONeT / APC WNSP
Type of resource: Curriculum for facilitators
Target audience: Trainers, Women
Cost: Free access

"Building a Web Site Together - How the Women'sNet Site was Born" is a guide that presents how to develop a small site collectively, from start to finish. The workshop curriculum is organized into the following main sections: site planning, WWW (HTML) skills training and site structure concepts, building the site, site evaluation, and planning ongoing site development and maintenance.

Link to resource


 
 
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