ICT for Social Change
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can sustain or deepen the power imbalance between men and women, rich and poor, the North and South. Those unfamiliar with ICT – its use, making, or deployment – do not reap its rewards and are unable to compete successfully.
The Women’s Learning Partnership recognizes the strategic potential of appropriate technologies to diminish the marginalization and isolation of women whose mobility is restricted by providing access to online ‘public’ spaces.
We aim to harness ICT for the empowerment of women, and for collective mobilization and advocacy purposes. Not only do we endeavor to give women access to ICT, but we also strive to help develop relevant content, to increase women’s ICT skills and confidence, and to extend their participation as producers of content and as ICT technicians.
ICT Curriculum and Training
To achieve these goals, WLP worked with our partners to develop an innovative technology trainer’s manual for use in ICT training workshops and training-of-trainers Institutes called Making IT Our Own: Information & Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual. The goal of the trainings is to provide technology skills for gender justice and human rights advocacy.
IT Centers and Capacity Building
WLP also works with our partners to establish information technology centers, conduct ongoing ICT capacity building trainings, and seek opportunities to improve and expand programs that strengthen our partner organizations’ IT capacity through conducting technology needs-assessments