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
Alerts & Updates
November 4, 2011
arab spring, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Leading to Action, MENA, Middle East, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, senate, 2011 Events, Bahrain, ICT for Social Change, Egypt, Political Participation, Iran, Jordan, Morocco
The following is WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami's written testimony for the hearing on Women and the Arab Spring to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operation and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues and Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asia Affairs. Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony on the state of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa during this critical time of transition.
October 25, 2011
Human Rights, ICT for Social Change, Making IT Our Own, Organizational Capacity Building, Political Participation
WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the intersection of women, democratic transition, and technology, focusing on the current context of the Middle East, at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Conference, "Internet and democratic change - Net activism, empowerment and emancipation," October 26, 2011 from 11:30-12:10 GMT, followed by discussions on specific MENA countries, and closing remarks by Sweden's Secretary of State, Hanna Hellquist.
November 11, 2010
Middle East, eNews 27, ICT for Social Change, Young & Emerging Leaders, Jordan
Asma Khader surrounded by participants at Youth Tech Festival II
In 2009, WLP’s First Annual Youth Tech Festival brought 110 young men and women from all over Jordan to Amman to acquire hands-on skills in using emerging technologies to advocate for social change. The nine-woman technology training team coached the young adults in creating their own engines of social change.Worldwide, young people are using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, website creation and blogging to connect and talk about the world they want to see and will have to live in.