Our work is grounded on the premise that access to information and the ability to communicate are fundamental to the process of women's empowerment, to women's ability to re-defining development paradigms, to women's participation in the public policy arena and to the building of democratic societies. Efforts are focused on four programme areas:
– Human rights, human security & peacebuilding;
– Global policies and local action that impact on women including the Beijing Platform for
Action, Millennium Development Goals and UN Security Council Resolution 1325;
– Information and Communication Technologies, basic needs and women’s economic
– Information access and local content development (Women, Ink.).
Crosscutting throughout all our work is an emphasis on the use of the new information communication technologies (ICTs) for poverty alleviation and empowerment.
Human Rights, Human Security and Peacebuilding Programme IWTC responds to the need to make knowledge and know-how about the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other legal mechanisms available to women at national and community levels. We use the power of media – particularly community-based radio combined with practical, highly visual “how-to” print materials - to demystify these legal processes. Our publications and local language radio programmes reach out to some 10,000 readers and 1 million listeners in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and the Arab world, and Central and Eastern Europe. IWTC is a founding member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security which advocates on issues related to women in armed conflict and for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
This programme aims to track policy deliberations and monitor implementation of selected policies and facilitate the engagement of women, particularly from the Global South, in the workings of the UN by identifying points for strategic intervention. It also aims to present global policy initiatives in a form, format and language that is understandable to women at the community level. IWTC is currently tracking and advocating on: UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action, Millennium Development Goals, outcomes of the World Summit(s) for the Information Society (WSIS); and the UN Reform process.
IWTC organizes cyberdialogues and other online conversations between global policy makers and gender equality advocates and community-based women’s groups and NGOs during major international events and meetings at the United Nations. Such dialogues provide local women’s groups with unique and rare opportunities to speak with policy makers and make their voices heard on issues that impact on their lives. IWTC’s strategic location directly opposite the United Nations in New York enables it to serve as both a hub for women’s advocacy at the UN and as a home base for women coming to New York to lobby at the UN.
Women’s Economic Empowerment and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) Programme
IWTC believes that the ICTs are important tools in promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality, if the necessary conditions for their usage are put in place. They can bring distance education opportunities to women denied formal schooling, offer medical services to women in remote areas, open up business opportunities for enterprising women, make possible global advocacy on issues women care about, and break barriers of isolation for women with disabilities. It aims to surface the best practices on the use of ICTs for women’s economic empowerment and create mechanisms by which women can innovate to accurately respond to their economic needs.
Information Access and Knowledge Exchange (Women, Ink.)
Women, Ink. offers quality, cutting-edge books on women and development to facilitate the exchange of experiences and support the generation of knowledge for, by and about women working for social, political, economic and cultural change. With an emphasis on writings by women from the Global South, it distributes more than 250 books from some 70 small presses and organizations worldwide. Under its peace libraries component, it packages and distributes books and other learning resources to women’s organizations in conflict and post-conflict areas in Africa and Asia and the Pacific. The peace libraries aim to meet the unique and urgent information needs of women’s groups in post-conflict societies