Women and ICT
Bringing the two influential actors together for a change in the Ghanaian society.
Women Media and Change has the goal of bridging the gap between the powerful and influencing the media. The most vulnerable members of the society, the women in Ghana, although appearing to be the biggest group in the country and the most active in the communities are invisible, disappearing behind the curtain, and leaving the public place to the men who receive all the light from the media.
Training the media to discover active and powerful women by reflecting on their experiences, bringing awareness about their movements, their actions for change and opening the curtain to let society recognise them as leaders.
Training women, giving them skills to push forward their actions, giving them louder voices to express their discontent, their visions and their opinions about their environment, their lives and their communities. Bringing the two influential actors, women and the media, together for a change in the Ghanaian society.
Bringing the debate online. There is the need to bring the debate on issues online. The media today is not only a tool for professional journalists as the newspapers do not always reflect the reality of a situation because of financial interest and lack of time, space or censorship.
On the web, we can access thousands of information about same subject, find a variety of opinions and make up our own minds about a certain issue. The Internet has allowed the greatest expansion of our voices. This media discussion we are engaged in is truly a dream come true: a way we can communicate globally about what needs to be done, about media and democracy and about how we can communicate with each other on issues vital to our survival.
Engaging women in accessing and using information and communication technologies (ICTs). We believe that it is essential to engage more women in accessing and using ICTs for equality and development in Africa. We believe that women should be able to use ICTs strategically in support of women’s empowerment and agendas in order to facilitate networking and information exchange; support solidarity campaigns and collaborative actions; mainstream issues of concern to women; and ensure that women are able to participate equally in civil and public life.
The Internet and World Wide Web are important not only for the distribution of equitable portrayals of women, but for the sharing of information, and for women to find allies around the world. We believe in encouraging using new technologies to disseminate information, produce content for the mass media, and strengthen women’s participation in policy-making. It is vital for Ghanaian women at all levels to learn how to use e-mails and the Internet in order to strengthen partnerships, find sources of funding, stay linked internationally, and get inspired from sister organisations.
WOMEC as a trainer:
- Training in basic ICT skills is offered to women. During training, participants learn how to handle a computer and its tools, to type documents with Microsoft Word, to access the internet, to search online, to send and receive emails and lately will be able to contribute to WOMEC first blog with their personal experiences and opinions.
- At a higher level, WOMEC is looking to reach women with influential roles in the society. While the women at ground level develop their abilities to participate in the online debate about Ghanaian Women’s rights, it is up to the existent Women NGOs, the female parliamentarians and female journalists to set the agenda and give their members and audience an opportunity to be online actors. In order to do this, they need to use ICT effectively and to gain a voice and public visibility in the global and digital motorway of information.
- An advanced media and communication training, including blogging, radio, videos, social networking, web design and training in dealing with media will be offered.
In the long term, WOMEC would like to run an online platform for women in Africa, which will be accessible to women at all levels, to help them search for information, access debates about gender issues in Africa and in the world, participate in online global exchanges and support campaigns for an equal world.
A change for women globally can only happen through the internet. Movements already exist in the form of lobbying and campaigning for specific issues. WOMEC believes that communications and exchange between organisations and groups, will improve their impact on the world. WOMEC believes in a global network of thousands of local organisations. One local action can influence another and another in a domino effect. And this can only happen through the online world.
A permanent radio program on women
Radio is the most popular media, listened to in transport, in offices and in public spaces. Newspapers are limited and read by educated people and TV is also limited but the radio is the most powerful media in Ghana. There may not be the need to create an independent radio station for women but to offer a dedicated program on women on popular stations currently existing in Ghana.
On this platform, for instance, female journalists can enrich their experiences and skills in the media, community leaders can become visible to a larger public, gender issues can be raised and ordinary women can finally have their voices heard.