From Re-wiring Women's Rights Debates in the Digital Age
The course Re-wiring Women's Rights Debates in the Digital Age is being organised in New Delhi between 13-15 September 2014, by IT for Change in partnership with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan and ANANDI, with funding support from IDRC, Canada and UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. The course brings together women's rights advocates – research scholars and practitioners, in a dialogic space, with opportunities to interact with policy makers, leading scholars, women's rights organisations and change-makers.
It aims at introducing research scholars and women's rights practitioners to emerging concepts and current debates at the intersection of gender, governance and digital technologies. The course will also foster a dialogue among the participants to identify critical concerns for democracy, accountable governance and gender justice in the emerging techno-mediated social context.
The key thematic areas of the course are:
(a) Recasting women's rights in the age of networks :
- What are the key concerns for women's rights – including public participation, privacy, security and bodily integrity, posed by the contemporary public sphere?
- What are the conceptual, strategic and ethical issues for women's rights and gender justice in relation to online spaces?
- What public policy frameworks are needed to address these concerns?
(b) Understanding data-centred governance systems :
- In the emergent, technologically-mediated social context, with its increasing emphasis on data-centred decision making, what are the opportunities and challenges for women's participation in democratic processes and for gender-responsive governance?
- How can women's rights advocates embrace digital technologies for foregrounding women's civic-public participation in their locally embedded contexts, even as technological systems often seem to globalise and homogenise the rights agenda?
(c) Harnessing the digital opportunity for women's empowerment :
- What are the pathways of technological access and use that promote women's civic-public participation and leadership?
- How can digital literacy be defined to enable women's effective appropriation of ICTs?
- Why is the politics of technology important for policy-makers and practitioners invested in the women's rights question?
Sessions are designed in various formats, including but not limited to: panel discussions, debates, talks and group exercises, as outlined in the Detailed Agenda.
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