Our affinity group will discuss, analyse, raise awareness and get active
around issues of women and new media and information and communication technologies (ICTs). The percentage of women who are actively interested in these issues is extremely small, due to different reasons. The roots can be found in education, gender roles, homogeneous and exclusive male structures in existing gender-mixed groups and networks (most of them in fact not mixed but instead almost all-male).
We want to build a stronger network to
give visibility to our actions,
carry on the debate about why it seems to be just ’natural’ that women
and computers don’t go together well and what the real reasons are,
develop more activities with a clear feminist focus (for
example: Take back the tech,
share experiences and empower each other and others
help make access to new media easier for feminist activists
interrogate and address the ways in which both gender and race are
factors that prevent people from having full and equal access to virtual
and tech spaces
Members of the envisioned group are so far active with different aspects
that can be found in the thematic triangle of ICTs, media and
information: organising courses for women to get a better understanding
of computers, running a radio, independent media websites, involvement
in the ’FLOSS’ community, research and analysis of why women are so
little present in those forms of political activism that focus on new
media/ICTs, but also the representation of women in the media in general.
Another focus will be to cross borders, as many existing groups are not
or little known outside the region where they are active, and to
strengthen networks, especially across East-West borders.
By sharing experiences with women from other continents we’ll analyse,
research and understand more the convergences and paradigms that women face in different situations and countries and also the strategies for standing up to sexism’s.
Last but not least a certain reluctance of feminist groups and networks
towards new technologies is quite visible, and we would like to use this
chance to reach out to women who would like to find out more but don’t
know who to ask. Empowerment of women is always a vital part of women’s groups busy with technology and we will have a lot to share with you all during the EFF.
So far, we have so far done the obvious: started a mailing list, a wiki, and got used to the EFF website.
What we would like to do next is: make active use of the EFF online
forum, but also organise a real life meeting sometime after the summer,
to talk about plans for next year’s EFF meeting in Warsaw.
If you are interested, please get in touch:
Contact and info
send an email to eff[at]systerserver.net,
join us in irc: irc.indymedia.org #eff (for help with irc chat:
contribute to the forum
find more about us here.