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Revolution in ICT infrastructure: Hope for the Ghanaian woman

> by Emily Nyarko

Despite several attempts to adopt ICTs (information and communications technologies) into Ghana’s developmental agenda, it was not until 2003 that the government developed the nation’s policy document to guide the implementation and use of ICTs in the country. Some African countries such as South Africa are way ahead of Ghana in the development of infrastructure, accessibility and the use of ICTs. However in the West African sub-region, Ghana is reported to have advanced faster than most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 October 2007


Do women’s access to ICTs lead to empowerment?

> Patricia Litho, July 2007

Is there a direct connection between empowerment and access to information and communication technologies? Patricia Litho interrogates this question through the CEEWA ICT project case study in rural Uganda. She examines the conceptualisation of empowerment, and its relationship with infrastructure, skills, connectivity, access and participation. Read more read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


Women and ICT in Development of Africa Gains of engendering ICTs in rural Uganda

> i4d (Information For Development)

Women and Information are two crucial elements in rural development, ICTs are an intrinsic part of this equation. Documenting the impacts and lessons learnt of ICT capacity development projects are likely to earn the support of donors and governments. One of the female participants of an ICT training for women in Uganda gave me a hand-written letter of thanks. I met her during my visit to our ICT and gender partners in rural Uganda. Throughout a series of sessions in their local community (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 April 2007

Center for Reproductive Rights

The Protocol on the rights of women in Africa

> Center for Reproductive Rights, June 2005, 25 p, (pdf)

The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, (adopted by the African Union in July 2003) provides broad protection for women’s human rights, including their sexual and reproductive rights. This briefing paper outlines the significations of this treaty and the way advocates can use it to pressure governments to address issues which threaten women’s health and rights in Africa. Furthermore, “it provides detailed information that can help African women use the protocol to exercise their (...) read

date of on-line publication : 7 March 2007

Abortion referendum in Portugal

> Alda SOUSA, Europe solidaire sans frontières, 15 janvier 2007 (...)

February 11th will be a major day in Portuguese political and social life. A second national referendum will take place around the issue of abortion.
Portugal still has a restrictive law concerning abortion. Up to 1984, abortion was considered a criminal offence and women who had had an abortion could face up to 8 years in prison. Ten years after the Portuguese revolution, a small change was introduced into the penal code. If a woman asked for an abortion when she became pregnant as a consequence of rape, in case of probable birth defects or serious illness of the child to be or in case of danger to the women’s health, abortion was no longer to be considered as a crime.
But abortion on women’s demand up to 10 weeks of pregnancy was only discussed in Parliament much later, in 1998. Although the proposal won by one vote, both the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party agreed that the issue should be resolved by a referendum and not by Parliament. The question put to referendum now is exactly the same as in 1998 : « Do you agree with decriminalisation of abortion when requested on women’s demand, up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and performed in an authorized clinic? » Read more  read

date of on-line publication : 6 February 2007

DIEYE Cheikh Tidiane Dièye

The hopes and illusions of world trade liberalisation for women in Africa

> Pambazuka News (...)

Africa has faced ten years of unfettered liberalisation that, argues Cheikh Tidiane Dièye, has left the continent on its knees. Women, more than any other group, suffer the weight of the constraints of poverty largely brought about by the world trade system. It is women that must play a crucial role in winning the struggle for a better trading system.
Even though over the last twenty years many African nations have adopted sometimes draconian economic reforms, the benefits of trade liberalisation that were promised have not materialised. On the other hand, developed nations have enjoyed 70% of the wealth generated by trade liberalisation. In some respects, world trade regulations, defined for the most part by industrialised countries during the Uruguay Round agreements between 1986 and 1994, have only increased Africa’s economic problems.
Before an “ambiguous consensus”1 was reached at Doha, which was at the heart of the launch of the round of multilateral negotiations that tool place at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the “battle of Seattle” or “Seattle showdown”2 revealed to the world the growing dissatisfaction of developing countries with regard to the WTO, whose way of working did not appear to respond to their profound desire for economic progress and development.  read

date of on-line publication : 22 September 2006


African Women Confront Bush’s AIDS Policy

> Pambazuka, 12 Jan 2006 (...)

African women are the hardest hit by HIV/Aids in Africa and yet the approach to fighting the epidemic advocated by the Bush administration fails to take account of their specific needs and circumstances. Yifat Susskind examines the "man-made" components of the crisis, including economic austerity measures, US pharmaceutical companies and onerous debt repayments.  read

date of on-line publication : 13 January 2006

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