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Gender and ICT Awards 2005
Lin McDevitt-Pugh | 14 March 2005

If you have a great ICT project in the Russian Federation, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan (or other country in Asia and the Pacific), don’t miss this opportunity! Apply for the Gender and Information and Communication Technology Award. The Gender and ICT* Awards is an initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Program (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) .

The Gender and ICT Awards 2005 is open to civil society organisations, community-based groups, women’s organisations and networks and social movements based in Asia and the Pacific.**

The target beneficiaries of the projects must be women or girls. Special attention will be given to projects initiated by women themselves.

The focus of the 2005 Awards is on ICT initiatives that promote women’s economic empowerment as it relates to development.

Economic empowerment is seen in terms of:
- overcoming marginalisation, oppressive social norms, and inadequate support from, or responsibility accepted by, governments in terms of access and rights to resources and making sound decisions;
- offering women choice and opportunity;
- encouraging women to fulfil their potential; and,
- giving voice and capacity to counter their seeming powerlessness.

ICT-related development is defined not only as it relates to income or material deprivation but also in terms of resolving the basic needs of the community and promoting social networking through ICT intervention. The focus is not on the technology itself but in looking at the practical gender and strategic application by women to address their local needs and the specificity of their situations.

Two winners will be named for: Outstanding ICT Project for Women’s Economic Empowerment

A cash prize of $8,000 (US) will be given to each winner.

Nominations will be accepted from February 15 to April 30, 2005. Winners will be selected and announced by August 30, 2005.

For more information, please read the complete application procedure and download the application form at: www.genderawards.net

Or write to: awards2005-apply@apcwomen.org
To receive regular updates about the Awards, please send an email to: awards2005-info@apcwomen.org

The APC WNSP is a global network of women who support networking for social change and women’s empowerment through the use of ICTs. It is a part of the Association for Progressive Communications, a civil society network that promotes human rights and development through the strategic use of ICTs.

The GKP is a worldwide network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable and equitable development. GKP’s vision is a world of equal opportunities where all people can access and use knowledge and information to improve their lives. The network enables the sharing of information, experiences and resources to help reduce poverty and to empower people.

The Awards is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom .

*Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) refer to the broad range of digital technologies like computer hardware and software, fixed lines and mobile telephones, electronic mail, satellite technology, wireless or cable networks, multimedia tools (convergence of the Internet and radio and/or video), and the Internet which are used to create, transmit and distribute information and services. **Initiatives must have, in any manner, actual use of the Internet** in order to qualify.

**Gender and ICT projects based in these countries are eligible to apply for the Awards: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Georgia, Guam, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tibet, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

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