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InfoChange News & Features

India recognises ‘other’ gender in voter lists

India’s Election Commission has given transgenders an independent identity by letting them state their gender as ‘other’ on ballot forms. Thus far, transgenders have been forced to describe their gender as being either male or female. Their recognition as an independent group is the first step towards official recognition of a community that has so far remained on the margins of society. Read (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 November 2009


Women and Philippine media : at the fringes of freedom

> Nina Somera, GenderIT, March 2007

Where are women located in the struggle for freedoms to express, create and disseminate information through ICTs as media ? Censorship comes in multiple forms in the Philippines. The country has one of the highest counts of media practitioners who are killed in the course of their work in the region. Yet, it retains a conflicting standing as one of the open media landscape in South East Asia. Read : Women and Philippine media : at the fringes of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 April 2007


National gender and ICT policies in Uruguay : a call to action

> Cecilia Gordano, GenderIT, December 2006

In Uruguay, the National Women’s Institute (INAMU) led a consultation process with a range of social actors to develop the First National Plan for Equality of Opportunities and Rights (PPNIOD), planned for the period from 2007 to 2011. One of the chapters of the Plan, entitled «Innovative Uruguay», includes the strategic aim of an «increase in women’s access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), eliminating the current gender gap». According to GenderIT collaborator Cecilia (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 March 2007


Niger : agricultural trade liberalization and women’s rights

Niger is experiencing the residual effects of 2005’s food emergency, which are expected to persist for a number of years regardless of a return to normal harvests. Underlying and exacerbating the recent crisis is Niger’s structural food insecurity, which perennially leaves 32 percent of the population undernourished and 40 percent of children under five chronically malnourished. Social and cultural patterns of conduct contribute to women’s overrepresentation among the poorest and most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 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

Global Policy Forum

Representation of Women in National Parliaments: 1995-2004

> Global Policy Forum, February 2006 (Source: UN Statistic Division) (...)

Worldwide, the representation of women in single or lower chambers of national parliaments has increased by 50% since 1995. Africa and Latin America show promising results while women in Asia and Oceania remain poorly represented. However, men still hold the vast majority of parliamentary seats in most countries.  read

date of on-line publication : 20 June 2006


Women & Power In Central Asia (Part 1): The Struggle For Equal Rights

> RFE/RL, December 2005 (...)

In Central Asia, gender stereotypes and discriminatory legislation continue to hinder women’s ability to pursue careers in politics, business, and many other fields. Nonetheless, hope remains. In the first of a four-part series, RFE/RL looks at the status of women in the region.  read

date of on-line publication : 11 January 2006


Wiring Women Won’t Close the Gap

> 18 November 2005, IPS (...)

Despite the declarations of governments participating in the recent WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society), the need to incorporate a gender focus in the efforts to bridge the ‘digital divide’ was somewhat overlooked at the actual event, according to this article. However, the article goes on to stress that simply providing access to the internet is not the only obstacle to be overcome.  read

date of on-line publication : 21 November 2005

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