Information and communication technologies (ICTs)
The rapid global spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and particularly the proliferation of mobile internet devices, is redefining not only the realms of information and communication, but the very nature of social structures and institutions. This global ‘information society’ or ‘network society’ is not gender neutral; it has different implications for people of different genders, of all age groups, and for the relationships between them. It is therefore vital to begin reflecting more critically on how ICTs are changing the nature of gender relations in social, political, economic and cultural landscapes. While it is important to recognise their potential for transforming gender power relations and empowering women, it is essential that we do not put all our faith in ICTs to ‘solve’ the problem of gender inequalities.
IT for change
IT for Change (ITfC) works for the effective use of ICTs in a way which promotes socio-economic change in the global South, from an equity, social justice and gender equality point of view. The NGO is based in Bengaluru, India.
Association for Progressive Communications
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Women’s Rights Programme is uses ICTs for women’s empowerment, promoting gender equality in the design, implementation, access and use of information and communication.
The Spanish language Anacaonas website has a section dedicated to Gender and ICTs, exploring how the potential of increased access and connectivity to ICTs could transform power relations and the question of access to ICT are central to the development agenda
Oberv'action has a collection of news, research and other resources on the effects of ICTs on gender relations, in the French language. It highlights that the use of ICTs remain governed by existing power relations, in which women often find themselves disadvantaged.