Internet and Women's Democratic Organizing (IWDO) project seeks
to facilitate women's social and political activism and regional
networking through Internet technologies. Twelve women from Accra,
Ghana will be participating in the upcoming IWDO workshop at the
Public Affairs Section of the U. S. Embassy in Accra.
The workshop will take place September 15th to the 23rd, 2003.
Participants will receive intensive training in Internet technologies
and how these can be applied to democratic organizing and networking.
The project aims to:
- Familiarize all participants with use of Internet communications
for women's networking.
- Assist each participant to build and maintain a web page or
site for her organization.
- Provide the participants with technical support so that they
can continue to build on their Internet training after the workshop
- Provide support and information for participants wishing to
teach internet skills to others
- Encourage participants to establish long-term partnerships of
collaboration and exchange with their fellow workshop participants.
- Build concrete and durable partnerships between Michigan
State University and the organizations that the participants
The larger part of the
workshop will take place in a computer lab, but the program will
also include a number of sessions where women will have opportunity
to network and meet to invited speakers who will discuss issues
of women’s rights, the internet, and the relation of gender
equity to IT development. The program will provide a monetary allowance
for city travel costs, and will also provide lunchtime meals and
afternoon refreshments. In addition, participants will receive copies
of software programs needed to continue their work.
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