A journey of empowerment - from conventional to digital media: opportunites for women
Nearing the decade since World Summit on Information Society first met in Tunisia in 2005, I reflect on the journey travelled.
I had participated in WSIS 2005, as part of our NGO mapping of the status of the engagement by women in our country in the processes for engagement of women in Information and Communication Technologies. Examining the national policy agenda for ICTS, and the policy, FastForward, I produced the report: Rewind FastForward uncovered several areas of gender blindness in policy.
Since the utopian vision represented by the plan, the new five year plan attempts to be better grounded and focussed, but no less gender blind.gender equity also inform inequity in use of icts as there still needs to be recogniton that general social inhibitors also impact on women use of and participation in online media
The plus is that the internet, for those who have access, offer women a platform to not just articulate and practice independent thought and leverage action.
It also provides a medium for support and networking both privately and professionally and to have their personal tools for engaging various publics: the media, communities, stakeholders and partners.
It has empowered anf given women a more pronounced voice to articualte against public and personal conserns including those more intimate as domestic violence, for instance.
Yet there are many ways in which the media, and mechanisms government them can be more sensitive and appreciative of the use of, role and participation of women in new media.
Some ofthis I have explored in the following articles: see links: