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Oriel Open Knowledge Hub launches

BRIDGE joins new open data project

On Friday 10 October, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) will launch the Oriel Open Knowledge Hub at the Open Development Camp 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event includes a panel discussion asking participants to focus on the present realities of open content in the field of international development, including the challenges of operating in a multilingual and multi genre world.

The Hub is a free online service which will enable development practitioners and intermediaries to share, extract and repurpose development content in whatever way best suits their audiences and contexts. BRIDGE will be one of the services contributing to the Hub.

Share your thoughts on the Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Pack

Spare five minutes?

Take part in the Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Pack survey and let us know what you think of the pack and how you have used it in your work and activism. It is really important for us to find out more about the impact our Cutting Edge Packs may have had and build on this in future work.

The survey will take about five minutes. Please feel free to skip questions not relevant to your experience, and do add extra information and detail in the free text boxes wherever you can. You do not need to fill in your name and organisation if you wish to remain anonymous.

Free online course

What is gender-sensitive governance?

Why does gender matter for governance? How can we expose gender-blind institutions and processes? What strategies have enhanced the opportunities and outcomes for women and girls in government processes? What can we learn from this and how can we integrate this into our own work?

This free web-based course provides participants with a grounding in the current concepts of governance from a gender perspective and offers some examples and resources for applying these within key governance institutions, with a focus on governments. Although the course is intended to be most useful for people in Nigeria, it could be valuable for people from any region.

Gender justice in activism

New policy briefs for donors and social movement leaders

While women's rights and gender justice are 'on the agenda' for many social movements, activists still encounter strong resistance to changing gendered politics and practices within movements and allied organisations. The BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack explores some of these debates, challenges and tensions.

The Pack provides some practical routes for nurturing social justice movements that challenge unjust gender power relations. As part of the Supporting Resources Collection for the Gender and Social collection for the Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Pack, BRIDGE has recently published two policy briefs to support this pack, one for donors and one for social movement leaders.

Survey on the challenges faced by activists

Sex, rights and the internet

The Association for Progressive Communications network want to hear about how activists working on sexuality rights use the internet in their work and whether they face barriers in using it freely and fully. They are running a survey, available in nine languages, as part of the EROTICS research project.

EROTICS aims to “narrow the gap between political assumptions and a better understanding of content and ‘harm’ based on women’s real experience of sexuality online.” The survey responses will be used for the research and advocacy and the APC will not be able to personally identify you by the information you provide, unless you choose to provide your details.

New web Francophone resource – Francophone thematic database of resources for the promotion of gender equality

Observ’action is a new web project run jointly by BRIDGE and our partner Genre en Action, an international network of organisations working towards gender equality in development in Francophone countries. For each gender thematic area of focus, Observ’action will publish BRIDGE synthesis work and give visibility to the knowledge, experiences and expertise developed in Francophone countries. We aim in this way to stimulate dialogue amongst different actors and support the work of activists and policy makers in the region. The first area of focus has been climate change.

You can visit the website by clicking here. You can contribute resources by writing to Or keep in touch with the initiative by following Genre en Action on Twitter and Facebook.

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