Making IT Our Own

Information & Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual

Making IT Our Own: Information & Communication Technology Training of Trainers Manual is an innovative technology trainer’s manual developed by Women’s Learning Partnership for use in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training workshops and training-of-trainers Institutes. The goal of the trainings is to provide technology skills for gender justice and human rights advocacy.

Training sessions focus on gaining fluency in Web 2.0 applications such as social networks and blogs; office productivity software such as word processing and spreadsheets; internet tools such as RSS feeds and conference chat; and skills such as online privacy and security.

Making IT Our Own takes an assemble-your-own approach to ICT trainings by providing the necessary components—guidelines for participatory facilitation, step-by-step 'how tos' for each technology tool, learning resources on CD, and an assortment of pre-assembled agendas—so that trainers can customize and deliver effective technology trainings of their own suited to their communities. The manual uses scenarios to contextualize learning in everyday life and explore issues related to gender and technology.

Authors: Rakhee Goyal, Marion Marquardt, and Usha Venkatachallam.
Foreword by Mahnaz Afkhami.

Alerts & Updates
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.  
August 15, 2009 | Middle East, eNews 24, ICT for Social Change, Making IT Our Own, Jordan
The room was buzzing. One youth group producing an original YouTube video on domestic violence. Another creating a poster urging youngsters to volunteer. All members of a third team busy on Facebook, inviting friends to join their newly-created group to fight child abuse. More sights such as these were part of the Youth Tech Festival in Jordan where over 90 young women and men (with a 9 all-female technology training team) gathered to acquire hands-on skills to utilize emerging technologies to advocate for social change.
August 15, 2009 | Middle East, ICT for Social Change, Making IT Our Own, Jordan
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) and Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J) convened a National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Amman, Jordan from Dec 3-6, 2007. The Institute was facilitated by WLP colleague Usha Venkatachallam. Learn more about the Institute through the photo blog below.
August 15, 2009 | Middle East, ICT for Social Change, Making IT Our Own, Lebanon
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) and Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action convened a National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Social Change in Beirut, Lebanon from Dec 9-12, 2007. The Institute was facilitated by WLP colleague Usha Venkatachallam. Learn more about the Institute through the photo blog below.
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