eHomemakers Wins GICT Award
Source: WSIS NEWS
eHomemakers beat thirty other entries from all over the Asia-Pacific to emerge as a runner-up at the Gender and Information & Communication Technology (GICT) Awards.
Two award ceremonies were held to recognise the achievements of the winners. The first was held during the 10th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development on October 27 in Bangkok, Thailand. eHomemakers’ Web Editor, Usha Krishnan, (see pix left) was in Bangkok to receive the Award. She also participated in a knowledge-sharing session that was organised in conjunction with the award ceremony.
On November 16, Chong Sheau Ching, Founder and Manager of eHomemakers, was at the prestigious World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia to accept the GICT Award on behalf of eHomemakers (see pix right). She was indeed privileged to speak to a group of decision-makers and IT specialists from all over the world about “Finding support and earning through the eHomemakers website”.
Sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), the 2005 GICT Awards focused on information and communication technology initiatives which promote women’s economic empowerment and development.
Economic empowerment was defined as the ability to overcome marginalisation and oppressive social norms, provide choices and opportunities for women, provide strong encouragement for women to fulfil their potential, and enable women to acquire the voice and capability to counter their lack of socio-economic-political power in the community.
Emphasising this focus are three major criteria: the use of ICTs to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality; upscaling of initiatives and community-centred technologies; and the promotion of cooperation and social networking.
GENDER AND ICT AWARDS 2005
The GICT Awards 2005 was open to civil society organisations, community-based groups, networks and social movements in Asia Pacific, with women, particularly, girls, as target beneficiaries. The Awards were founded in 2003.
The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme is a global network of women who support women networking for social change and women’s empowerment through the use of ICTs.
The Global Knowledge Partnership is the leading international multi-stakeholder network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable and equitable development. Ranging from grassroots practitioners to policy-makers, GKP members and partners are innovators in the practical use of ICT for development.
The Gender and ICT Awards is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Department for International Development, United Kingdom.