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The Internet and Women's Democratic Organizing

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Women's Rights

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African Women's Media Center (AWMC): www.awmc.com/about/default.htm
A project of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). The IWMF was founded in 1990 with a mission of strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide, based on the belief that no press is truly free unless women share an equal voice. The IWMF launched the AWMC in 1997 to provide African women journalists the training, resources and tools they need to compete equally with their male colleagues. Working with women's media networks, media associations, NGOs, media companies and individuals, the AWMC offers a wide range of programs for women journalists throughout Africa. Their web site is available in English and French.
Women's Net: womensnet.org.za
Resources, links and information on Women in South Africa. Women'sNet is a vibrant and innovative networking support programme designed to enable South African women to use the Internet to find the people, issues, resources, tools and skills they need.
Abantu: www.abantu.org
ABANTU for Development is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1991 by women, for the purpose of harnessing resources to the benefit of African people. Abantu means "people" in many languages, and symbolizes our people-centred philosophy. The main focus of Abantu's work is on training, providing information and advice on mobilising resources towards sustainable development in Africa.
Flamme: flamme.org
"Flamme" serves as an electronic forum for women to share and exchange ideas, strategies, information and issues of concern.
Enda synfev: www.enda.sn/synfev/fainfo.htm
ENDA-SYNFEV aims at the dynamisation of woman and gender components within ENDA's activities, in partnership with associations, groups and networks active in the samefields, through networking. ENDA-SYNFEV works in close collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communication's Women's Networks Support Programme.
Femnet: http://www.femnet.or.ke/
FEMNET's aims to strengthen the role and contribution of African NGOs focusing on women's development, equality and other human rights. It also aims to provide an infrastructure through which NGOs can reach one another and share information, experiences and strategies to improve their input into women's development, equality and other women's human rights in Africa.
Center for Women's Global Leadership www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cwgl
Commission on the Advancement of Women (CAW) www.interaction.org/caw
Women's Human Rights Resources Group www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/diana/about.htm
Association for Women in Development (AWID) www.awid.org
MADRE www.madre.org
Human Rights Watch: Women's Rights www.hrw.org/women
National Organization for Women www.now.org
The Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues www.state.gov/www/global/women
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana iisd1.iisd.ca/50comm/commdb/list/c29.htm
The Gender Advisory Board gstgateway.wigsat.org/gw.html
Women, Law & Development International www.wld.org
International Women's Rights Action Watch www.igc.org/iwraw
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom www.wilpf.org
Aviva www.aviva.org
International Women's Democracy Center www.iwdc.org
WomenAction www.womenaction.org
Women in Africa www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/women.html
Women in Development women3rdworld.miningco.com/newsissues
Women's related email lists research.umbc.edu/~korenman
famafrique www.famafrique.org/

Human Rights

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AfroNet: www.oneworld.org/afronet/afronet.htm
Afronet seeks to address questions of ethics in government, democracy, participation and effective NGO management.
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights www.lchr.org/home.htm
Center of Concern www.coc.org
University of Minnesota: Human Rights Library www1.umn.edu/humanrts
Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org
OneWorld.com - Africa africa.oneworld.net/article/frontpage/151/509
United Nations: Human Rights www.un.org/rights/index.html
RADDHO (in French) www.afrdh.org/raddho/presentation.html

Africa-Based Sites

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Akina Mama: www.akinamama.org/welcome.html
An African women's international non-governmental development organisation based in the UK and Africa. Coordinating local, regional and international initiatives, Akina Mama serves as a mobilising, networking, information, advocacy and training forum for African women, building their leadership capacities to influence policy and decision-making.
African Women's Media Center www.awmc.com/about/default.htm
RADDHO (in French) www.afrdh.org/raddho/presentation.html
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana iisd1.iisd.ca/50comm/commdb/list/c29.htm
Derechos African Links www.derechos.org/human-rights/afr
Africa online www.africaonline.com
Association of Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue www.NigerianScholars.AfricanQueen.com
African Policy Institute www.africapolicy.org
Human Rights Links www1.umn.edu/humanrts/links
Afribone http://www.afribone.com/

ICT and Development

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Partnership for Information and Communication Technologies in Africa (PICTA):www.uneca.org/aisi/picta/activities.htm
An informal group of donors and executing agencies committed to improving information exchange and collaboration around ICT activities in Africa.
The African Information Society Initiative (AISI): www.uneca.org/aisi/
AISI is an action framework that has been the basis for information and communication activities in Africa. Works to bridge Africa's "digital divide."
Africa Goes Digital: www.piac.org/digital/
Africa Goes Digital is rooted in a desire to seek out and evaluate selected African resources in digital format.
African ICT Policy Monitor: africa.rights.apc.org/about.shtml
The APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor's primary goal is to enable the consideration of civil society needs in ICT policy development. The ultimate aim being that governments and policy makers recognise that access to and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is a basic human right.
ANAIS (in French)  www.anais.org

African ISPs

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Complete List of African ISPs by Country (updated 2002) www3.wn.apc.org/africa/af-isps.htm
University of Ghana www.ug.edu.gh
NCS (Accra, Komasi, Tokaradi) www.ghana.com.gh
Assoc of African Universities (AAU) www.aau.org
AfricaOnline www.africaonline.com.gh
African Connection Online Database:
Information and Communication Infrastructure in Africa
The African Regional Internet Registry (AFRINIC) www.afrinic.org


Gender and Information Technology

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APC-Africa-Women: www.apcafricawomen.org
A network of organisations and individuals that work to empower African women's organisations to access and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for equality and development. APC-Africa-Women is the Africa regional programme of APC's Women's Networking Support Programme.
Gender Evaluation Methodologies for ICT (GEM): www.apcwomen.org/gem/index.htm
GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change.
Women and Information Technology www.idrc.ca/acacia/outputs/womenicts.html
APC’S Women's Networking Support Program
The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology


Advocacy Groups

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Amnesty International: www.amnesty.org
A worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and 'disappearances'; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.
Human Rights Watch: www.hrw.org
An independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly.
Peace Action www.peace-action.org
Protest.net www.protest.net
Public Interest Resource Groups www.pirg.org
Derechos www.derechos.org

Design Examples

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Not for Ourselves www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/
Nature's Fury www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/volcanoes/volcanoes.html
Martin Luther King www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/martinLuther/
The Art Institute of Chicago www.artic.edu/aic/collections/index.html

Design Tools

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Typical Layout (Inverted L) www.matrix.msu.edu/iwdo/layout.html
MSU Images and Icons www.egr.msu.edu/img
Icon Bazaar www.iconbazaar.com
Realm Graphics www.ender-design.com/rg
Free Graphics www.freegraphics.com
Ipswitch WS_FTP download page ipswitch.com/downloads/index.html
CoolGraphics.com www.coolgraphics.com
Pank Pages www.pankpages.com
The Lycos Image Gallery multimedia.lycos.com
The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) www.amico.org/home.html
RADDHO (in French) www.afrdh.org/raddho/presentation.html
Patrick Lynch Visual Logic patricklynch.net
Usable Web usableweb.com
Jacob Nielson's useit.com www.useit.com
AccuNet Multimedia Archive ap.accuweather.com/apphoto/index2.htm