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Women Connect Newsletter November 2002

No. 1 November Issue 2002.


Welcome to the first issue of the Women Connect partner newsletter! We hope you will enjoy reading this and we look forward to hearing your comments.


Current Issues for November


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is coming up are you involved? An electronic discussion is taking place to allow activists to develop themes and strategies. If you are interested contact Lisa Clarke at lmclarke@rci.rutgers.edu or Woman Kind Worldwide at info@womankind.org.uk . The 16 Days of Activism is a call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. The campaign links Violence Against Women and human rights, emphasising that all forms of violence, whether perpetrated in the public or private sphere, are a violation of human rights. November 25th is the International Day Against Violence Against Women. This year's campaign activities explore the intersection of culture and violence against women.


News from the partners!


Did you know that you are part of a growing network of different organisations spread over England.  We have had contact with many of you and have heard some interesting stories about your successes in using technology that will support what you are trying to do.  Take a look at the website to find out more about your partners in the network: 


A story from Mama Hastings! Gemma, a mother of a 3 year old and twins aged 8 months, tells her story: "This is the first email I have ever sent and it seems strange that you are able to read it miles away without any envelopes and stamps! I always thought the internet was a pre-programmed thing but it is so big! This computer has been used to show me and others a glimpse of what is available to us. I have found out more about activities and groups in my area, my son's medical condition, how to trace old friends, news from other countries and more - in just over an hour. My main reason for learning the e mail stuff is that my kids will learn at school and I won't understand." This short story is a good example of the benefits of women being online. Thanks Mama Hastings for sharing this with us and being a source of inspiration for others.


Events in November


8th : Women Connect participated in the Gender Research Forum seminar in London run by the Women and Equality Unit. The aim of the event was to bring together research relevant to the theme of the gender pay and productivity gap from a range of sources. It also aimed to examine the implications of research for action to reduce the gender pay gap, and to enhance women's participation in the labour market. Women Connect contributed to the workshop discussions. For more information look at the following: http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/

25th Launch of Clothesline Exhibition in Trafalgar Square to launch the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent at particular women's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. http://www.wcstx.com/clothesline.htm Contact: Davina James-Hanman at davina.james-hanman@london.gov.uk or 020 7983 4238

27th: Newham Domestic Violence Forum Conference: Domestic Violence and Children. An exciting and innovative programme including audience participation, drama, videos and workshops designed for an audience which will include a large number of young people. Contact: Frances Martineau on 020 8430 2000 or frances.martineau@newham.gov.uk

29th : Women Connect capacity building workshop with partners in Sheffield.

For information on upcoming events linked to women's issues look at the Greater London Domestic Violence Project: http://womeninlondon.gn.apc.org/index.htm


Women Connect Update


Who is Women Connect?

Women Connect is a community of women’s groups working together to get women online. Our aim is to support and encourage women to use the internet in the way that they want and need: to learn; to share ideas with other women’s groups; to make their voices heard in their community.

But who is actually the motor behind the network?

The Women Connect team is made up of Sue Webb, Cath Kane and Nicola Ward.  Here is a little bit about ourselves:

Sue Webb: Has been involved with the community use of technology for nearly 20 years. Sue has a legal and technical background and has also worked in communities as a development worker and Project Manager. She was the Chair of the Coventry Women's Festival 2000-2001 and now manages Women Connect for the Community Development Foundation.

Cath Kane: Worked in advertising and marketing for 10 years. After returning to full time education to study Community Education, Cath worked in the voluntary and community sector for 6 years. During this time she was involved with community based women's projects in Edinburgh, actively campaigning on issues of gender inequality and Violence Against Women. Presently Cath is the Outreach and Development Officer for Women Connect.

Nicola Ward: has 5 years of experience in community development work in Guinea Bissau and Mozambique focussing in health issues. She has also been involved in violence to women campaigning with Amnesty International. She is presently working part time as the Development and Outreach worker for Women Connect.


Research and Development


What do you know about e-voting and what do you think?

We have been carrying out some research in this area to find out what you think and would like to present the results of our findings. Check it out on our website http://www.womenconnect.org.uk


Policy issues




Contact information


Other web sites of interest:


British Educational Communications and Technology Agency : Transforming teaching and learning through ICT.


Award winning ICT in Practice BECTA Awards 2002 : Womens Electronic Village Hall, Manchester.


The Global digital opportunity initiative: Information and communications technologies for development: strategies and solutions.


Information and Communication Technology in Education


A book about Managing ICT


Information Communication Technology: Connecting People, Creating Change. AED applies information and communications technology to critical social problems, stimulating positive change for under-served people throughout the world.


Gender, Information Technology, and Developing Countries: An analytic Study


Explore IT: IT for women


GNVQ Intermediate in Information Communication Technology


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