by WomensHub Web Team
"Knowledge Networking for Empowerment: A Southeast Asian Workshop" was held from 26 - 29 March 2003 at the Asian Development Bank in Ortigas Centre. The conference was organised by the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA). WomensHub members Pi Villanueva and Cheekay Cinco presented on "Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Information Society: Are We Ready for This?" and "Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT Initiatives", respectively. WomensHub also participated in the Programme Committee for the workshop. WomensHub members Chat Garcia Ramilo, Mylene Soto, and Cheekay Cinco also acted as facilitators during the mini-workshop sessions.
Villanueva's presentation, "Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Information Society: Are We Ready for This?", focused on defining a framework for gender and ICT issues in the Southeast Asia. Her presentation drew out the differences between Practical and Strategic Gender Needs in ICTs, stressing that there is a need for gender transformative strategies in planning and implementing ICT for development initiatives because ICTs in and of themselves will not necessarily lead to significant changes in the status of women and the relationship/s between women and men.
Cinco's presentation, "Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT Initiatives", was about one of the major undertakings of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APCWNSP): the development of a guide for evaluating ICT for development initiatives from a gender perspective. Her presentation tackled the current status of the project as well as the principles behind gender evaluation. She also talked about the lessons that are being learned from the implementation of the project on conducting gender evaluation of ICT initiatives.
The KnowNet Conference, which aimed bring together different representatives from various ICT for development initiatives in Southeast Asia, was participated in by approximately eighty people. Most of the participants were from the Philippines, but there were participants from Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia and LaoPDR.
Published on 1 April 2003
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