Internet and Women's Democratic Organizing project seeks to facilitate
women's social and political activism and regional networking through
Internet technologies. Two three-week workshops took place in May
2000 and 2001 with participants attending from the West African
countries of Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. This year's workshop
is scheduled for May 6-14, 2002. The project aims to:
- Familiarize all participants with use of Internet communications
for women's democratic organizing.
- Introduce the participants to the history and contemporary context
of American women's democratic organizing and political activism.
- Assist each participant to build and maintain a web page or
site for her organization.
- Provide the participants with software and technical support
so that they can continue to build on their Internet training
after their return.
- Encourage participants to establish long-term partnerships of
collaboration and exchange with their fellow workshop participants.
- Build concrete and durable partnerships between MSU
and the organizations that the participants represent.
project is sponsored by Michigan State
University, its African
Studies Center and office of Women
and International Development, MATRIX:
The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online,
the West African Research Center
(WARC) and the Institute for African Democracy in Dakar, Senegal.
Support for the upcoming workshop is provided by Michigan
State University and the US Department
of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funds
from the Education
for Development and Democracy Initiative (EDDI). IWDO is part
of the African Internet Collaborations initiative undertaken by
MATRIX and the African
instruction for the MSU workshops,
was coordinated by Dean Rehberger, Associate Director of MATRIX.
Lisa Fine, Professor of History at MSU,
organized the seminars discussions, speakers and networking opportunities.
The Senegal, Mali, and Ghana workshops are coordinated by Joy Palmer
& Scott Pennington, MATRIX,
with the assistance of Marietou Dia, our ICT Consultant in Dakar.
The three IWDO project directors are: Mark Kornbluh, Director of
MATRIX; David Wiley, Director
of the African
Studies Center; and Anne Ferguson, Director of WID.