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A short course by: IT for Change
in partnership with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan and ANANDI
Supported by: UN Women Fund for Gender Equality and IDRC, Canada
Timings Session Description
2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Introduction to the Course
  • Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami, IT for Change
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Ice breaker and Introductions
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group Activity (Based on the Readings, highlight 1 thing that strikes you/intrigues you from a gender based perspective and 2 things that you would like to know more about)
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. TEA
Session 1
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Living in a Networked World What does it mean for Women's Rights?
A conversation with
  • Rohini Lakshane, Centre for Internet and Society
  • Dhruv Arora,
  • Sowmya Kidambi, Director of the Society for Social Audit, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Host: Anita Anand, feminist scholar-practitioner

This panel will examine the changing face of women's rights activism in the digital age, bringingin the new questions posed by digital technologies for women's public-political agency and gender justice.

Session 2
6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Reflections on Technology and Transformation
  • Naurthi ji, Grassroots leader of MKSS
  • Nikhil Dey, MKSS

The talks are intended to ground the social and policy issues around digital technologies - access,appropriation, empowerment - in movements-based struggles for women's rights.

8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Announcements
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. DINNER
8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. BREAKFAST
Session 3
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Fundas for Thought: A Tour of Technology and Society
  • Roshini Suparna Diwakar, IT for Change
Session 4
9:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Women's Citizenship in the Age of Networks
Panel discussion with
  • Aaditeshwar Seth, Gram Vaani
  • Laxmi Sharma and Poorvi Bhargava, Khabar Lahariya
  • Kruti Laheru, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghathan

Chair: Sarada Muraleedharan, Department of Panchayati Raj

The session will discuss how marginalised women's rights can be furthered, and theirengagement with local governance processes strengthened, in the age of technology-mediatedgovernance and data-centred decision making.

11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. TEA
Session 5
11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Why Should we care about Technology Architectures?
Lecture by
  • Prabir Purkayastha, Society for Knowledge Commons

Chair and discussant: Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change

12:50 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. LUNCH
Session 6
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New Dimensions of the State-Citizen Relationship
Panel discussion with
  • Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sarai, CSDS
  • Satyarupa Shekhar, Transparent Chennai

Chair and discussant: Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change

The dynamism that ICTs offer can be harnessed either for centralised control or for deepening democracy. How do 'big data' and 'open data' discourses hold sway over mainstreamdevelopment debates and deliberations? These are questions that this session will explore.

3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. TEA
Session 7
3:20 p.m. To 4:30 p.m.
Challenges to Gender Justice in the Era of Media Convergence
Lecture by
  • Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Journalist and Documentary Film-maker

Chair and discussant: Anuradha Raman, Journalist, with Outlook

Session 8
4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m

  • Rohini Lakshane, Centre for Internet and Society
  • Jahnvi Andharia, ANANDI
  • Nandini Chami, IT for Change
5:15 pm to 5:45 pm BREAK
Session 9
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Group Exercise to take stock - Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas for Women's Rights and Citizenship in the Digital Age
Session 9 (cont)
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Presentations and Discussions
8:00 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Announcements
8:10 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. DINNER
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. BREAKFAST
Session 10
9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
How Can Women Meaningfully Appropriate Digital Technologies? New Directions for 'Digital Literacy'
Panel discussion with

  • Venu Arora, Ideosync Media Combine
  • Kamayani Bali Mahabal, lawyer and activist
  • Stalin K, Director, Video Volunteers

Chair and discussant: Sejal Dand, Right to Food Campaign

In the light of the previous discussions on the changing nature of the state-citizen relationshipand the public sphere in the digital age, this panel will delve into how we can move beyond the conventional understanding of digital literacy to open up new technological pathways for women's empowerment, civic-public participation and active citizenship.

Session 11
10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Re-wiring Women's Rights in the Digital Age: Key Questions for Policy and Practice

Lecture by

  • Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change
11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. TEA
Session 12
11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Group Work: New strategies and directions for women's organisations and New legal, policy and programmatic directions for state institutions
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
Session 13
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Group Presentations
2:15 p.m. To 3:30 p.m. Responses from Policy Makers and the UN
  • Sulochana Vasudevan, National Mission for Empowerment of Women
  • Officials from Department of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Kaushal Kishore, Department of Telecommunications
  • Subhalakshmi Nandi, UN Women
3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. TEA (written evaluation)
3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feedback/ Reflections and Concluding Remarks
  • Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami, IT for Change
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