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IWDN Coordinator Presents on Women, Tech, and Democracy Panel During Social Media Week

Posted on 05 March 2013 by

On February 19, 2013, as Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) Program Associate and the International Women’s Democracy Network Coordinator, I spoke on the panel, “Women, Tech, and Democracy: The Next Frontier,” as part of Social Media Week in Washington, DC, at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  I presented on WLP’s successful technology programs, WLP Partner advocacy campaigns that are bolstered by social media, the International Women’s Democracy Network, and WLP’s forthcoming Online Learning Portal, which will serve as a vehicle to build constituent’s capacities by hosting eCourses and webinars.

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Women Drive Change – Call for Women + Tech Photos

Posted on 01 February 2012 by

While I was already thrilled to be representing WLP as a participant in SXSW* this year, after just getting off a planning call with my co-panelists, I am even more energized for our event — only a few weeks away!

WLP Youth Tech Festival participants practice using tech for women's empowerment (2011; Amman, Jordan)

Our SXSW panel, “Women Drive Change: Tech in the Global South,” will discuss how women in the Global South are using technology in new and creative ways to change the world, from leveraging social media for political power, to using mobile technologies to start their own businesses, to breaking gender barriers with the support of tech-based tools.

But…we need your help! In preparing for our presentation, we are collecting photos related to the theme of “women and technology in the Global South” and would love to incorporate your contributions! So, PLEASE SEND YOUR PHOTOS either via twitter, using #SXFemTech or WLP’s Twitter account @WLP1, or via Facebook on our SXSW panel page. If you have trouble sending us a picture via Twitter or Facebook, just leave me a comment below with your email address and I’ll be in touch.

In addition to your photos, please share any articles, thoughts, or experiences related to women and tech in the Global South.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your beautiful pictures!

For those who can make it to Austin on March 13, come join our conversation 3:30-4:30 pm at the AT&T Conference Hotel, Salon E.

For more information on the panel discussion and my amazing co-panelists, please visit our event page.

*For those of you unfamiliar with SXSW…
What started as a showcase for cutting-edge musicians has since morphed into a massive ten day event that essentially takes over the city of Austin, Texas and includes music, a film festival, and SXSW Interactive, which highlights new developments in the world of technology.

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The Future Is Bright: Arab Youth at Tech Fest Ready for Social and Gender Justice

Posted on 05 November 2010 by

I was invited to participate in the Second Youth Tech Festival in Amman, Jordan that took place on August 7th – 8th, 2010. It was quite an interesting experience to meet with young people my age who are really enthusiastic, energetic and who demonstrate a great interest in effecting social change.

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How Not to Make a Sale

Posted on 13 August 2010 by

A few days ago, two communications salespeople walked into the office. They were both men, wearing nice suits and ties, and both carried themselves very professionally.

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Jordanian Youth and Women to Lead the Way in November Elections

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

Coming up in the first week of August, Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan and WLP are launching the second Youth Tech Festival for 150 youth from across Jordan with a focus on preparing youth to participate in upcoming elections in November 2010. I am really excited to see what the outcomes of this year’s Youth Tech Festival will be! Last year’s Youth Tech Festival in Jordan was a resounding success as youth created campaigns and videos to combat violence against women. This year the participating youth will create independent projects with a focus on women’s political participation, reconvening in the fall to share their work and to celebrate. (Make sure to check back to see samples of their work.) It’s pretty amazing to see the creative initiatives these young activists come up with when they are inspired to lead change in their communities.

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To Fast Company. With Love, Respect, and Disappointment.

Posted on 24 June 2010 by

Dear Fast Company:

I love you.

You are young, hip, and happening. You know what is cool today in Silicon Valley (Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere) and outside of its leafy environs (Eye Phone: MIT Researchers Develop Ultra-Cheap, Smartphone-Based Eye Exam Tool). You are green (Biomimicry Challenge: For IBM, Smart Design Draws Water Conservation Inspiration From Ecosystems). You publish eye-popping infographics (Infographic of the Day: The World’s Most Dysfunctional Countries, Ranked). You care not just for what Coltan can do, but more importantly and wisely, you spend enormous amount of resources to dig into (no pun intended) where it came from and at what cost (Mineral Wealth of the Congo).

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Bridging the Gender Digital Divide

Posted on 23 February 2010 by

During a recent Technology Salon on Girls and information and communication technologies (ICTs), Linda Raftree (of Plan International and wait…what? blog) raised a question often asked in the international development world: How do we bridge the gender digital divide?

After a decade of ICT capacity building programs from Afghanistan to Lebanon to Palestine to Zimbabwe, WLP has learnt a lesson or two in the science of bridging the gender digital divide. I will use our most recent technology trainings in Jordan to illustrate a few best practices that we have gathered over the years.

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Wikipedia’s Growth Stalling?

Posted on 29 September 2009 by

Yesterday’s Time magazine has an intriguing question: Is Wikipedia a Victim of Its Own Success?

Up until about two years ago, Wikipedians were adding, on average, some 2,200 new articles to the project every day. The English version hit the 2 million — article mark in September 2007 and then the 3 million mark in August 2009 — surpassing the 600-year-old Chinese Yongle Encyclopedia as the largest collection of general knowledge ever compiled (well, at least according to Wikipedia’s entry on itself).

But Wikipedia peaked in March 2007 at about 820,000 contributors; the site hasn’t seen as many editors since.

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