IWTC Women's GlobalNet #337

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

RESEARCH & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ON WOMEN AND ICTS, GLOBALIZATION, AGRICULTURE & CONFLICT

July 11, 2008

Maya Scherer

  1. FEMINIST TECH EXCHANGE ON INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM
  2. FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH ON RIGHTS & CITIZENSHIP OF WOMEN AND GLOBALIZATION
  3. FELLOWSHIPS & MENTORS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
  4. EXPLORATION OF FEMINIST VISIONS FOR A JUST EUROPE AT ANNUAL WIDE CONFERENCE
  5. FIVE-DAY PROJECT TO EXAMINE WOMEN’S ROLES IN CONFLICT-AFFECTED AREAS

 

1. FEMINIST TECH EXCHANGE ON INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

FOR ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Application Deadline: July 13, 2008

A three-day event that will take place from November 10-12, 2008 immediately before the AWID Forum in South Africa, the Feminist Tech Exchange will provide a space where over 100 participants from around the world will address Information Communication Technologies (ICT) within the women’s rights movement; build skills; share knowledge and experience on ICT; and learn to leverage these tools to strengthen advocacy and activism. Skills sharing will unfold along six separate tracks: (i) Digital storytelling for transformation; (ii) Social networking technologies for activism; (iii) Wireless and mobile technologies for advocacy; (iv) Audio for action; and (v) Video for justice.

 

Applications are invited from women’s rights and feminist advocates who are interested in connecting their advocacies with communication rights issues; women’s rights and feminist advocates who are keen on building their capacity in ICT for the purposes of movement building; women web managers, developers, ICT trainers, exchange-supporters, and those who perform ICT-based work for their organisations; and researchers working in communications rights and knowledge networking. Forms can be submitted online at http://ftx.apcwomen.org/application/ or requested by e-mailing ftx-apply@apcwomen.org.

For further information, please visit APC WNSP: http://www.apcwomen.org

 

2. FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS, CITIZENSHIP & GLOBALIZATION

Application Deadline: July 15, 2008

Researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific who are working on the rights and citizenship issues of women and girls in a globalized context from a feminist perspective, are invited to apply for opportunities to spend a research term at two universities in Ottawa.  Organized by women studies institutes at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the International Development Research Centre, the 2008-2009 Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between the Global North and South. This fellowship is a good fit for researchers investigating the gendered dimensions of citizenship and rights in the peace, conflict and reconstruction; migration, health, education, environment and economic security.

 

The fellowship is open to scholars from developing countries - both tenured and untenured faculty, as well as post-doctoral or independent scholars - who are pursuing critical feminist research. Candidates must be fluent in English; have a completed Ph.D; a record of scholarly publications; and a current and established research project in relation to one or more of the research fields listed above. Applications can be submitted in English or French, and must include: (i) an abbreviated curriculum vitae (10-12 pp.); (ii) a letter of intent outlining the research to be undertaken in Canada (max. 2 pp.); (iii) a list of recent publications; (iv) availability during the 2008-2009 academic year; (v) and the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of two references. Send applications to: Selection Committee, Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization, c/o Hélène Boudreault, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa, 143 Séraphin-Marion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1S 5B6; Telephone (613) 520-6644; Fax (613) 562-5994; email: hboudre@uottawa.ca

For further information, please visit http://www.carleton.ca/womensstudies/

 

3.FELLOWSHIPS & MENTORS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

Application Deadline: July 18, 2008

Aimed at strengthening skills and building capacities among women agricultural scientists working on research and development in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, these 2-year-long career development fellowships are available to women upon completion of their Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree or PhDs in related disciplines. The fellowship is supported by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)  and features a mentorship component where fellows are matched with senior scientists for one or two years, before they mentor junior woman scientists; offers competitive research placements at research institutions for MS and PhD-level fellows; and supports attendance at science conferences, membership to professional associations, access to electronic science libraries and short courses in science writing or proposal writing. In addition, fellows will learn to manage organizational gender issues, leverage team talents, manage conflict and use influence through AWARD’s leadership training courses.

 

Applications are invited from African women in qualifying countries who are conducting research in crop sciences (including horticulture), soil sciences, animal and livestock sciences, plant and animal virology, agro-forestry, agricultural economics, aquatic resources and fisheries, food sciences and nutrition, natural resource management and ecology, biodiversity conservation, entomology, agricultural extension education, molecular biology (applied to plant/animal breeding), water and irrigation management. Application forms and further information can be accessed at http://www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org/resource/award.asp or by writing to AWARDFellows@cgiar.org

 

4. EXPLORATION OF FEMINIST VISIONS FOR A JUST EUROPE AT ANNUAL WIDE CONFERENCE

Registration Deadlines: August 1, 2008 (for those requiring a Netherlands visa)

August 30, 2008 (for all others)

Scheduled to take place between October 9 and 11, 2008 in the Hague, this annual conference will examine Europe’s role and responsibilities in the world through the lens of women’s rights and gender justice. This annual conference is organized by members of the WIDE network, a European feminist network of women’s organisations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women’s rights activists. It provides women from Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Global South the opportunity to share experiences, critically consider alternatives, learn and network in a supportive space.

 

Specific issues to be addressed this year are the impacts of EU policies on women in Europe, its neighbouring countries and the global South, with special emphasis on: (i)  development policy, including aid effectiveness and financing for development; (ii) trade; (iii) migration; (iv) peacekeeping; (v) responses to decent work policy  and debate; (vi) changes related to the new EU treaty, including a discussion on  lack of participation, democracy and citizen’s involvement in decision-making; (vii) debates about ongoing Eurocentrism and post-colonialism; (viii) ways to build new political spaces to reflect on alternative  visions for Europe, including the role feminists want Europe to  play in the world and how feminists are participating (and can  participate); (ix) and networking and alliance-building opportunities for  feminists/women’s groups with other social movements, development NGOs, trade unions and parliamentarians working for a just Europe.

 

To participate of find out more, write to wideconference2008@wo-men.nl or visit http://www.wide-network.org/index.jsp?id=380

 

5. FIVE-DAY PROJECT TO EXAMINE WOMEN’S ROLES IN CONFLICT & POST-CONFLICT AREAS

Deadline: August 1, 2008
What special role do or can women play in reconstructing their homes and their communities after devastating conflicts? What makes them different from men and what problems do they face in these often unstable environments? What role can Dutch development aid play and how should it take women into account? Thirty-five participants from conflict-affected countries in the Global South will be selected to attend a five-day event, from
October 20 to 26, 2008, to examine these questions with the Dutch development community, including politicians, journalists and interested citizens.  The goal of the VoiceOver Project is to provide a space where those working with women in conflict-affected countries can share and discuss the often insurmountable challenges that women face and the kind of support and foreign aid that is required to meet and manage these challenges. Applications are invited from people who have experienced life and work in conflict-affected areas and are willing to share their personal stories and experiences. Forms can be filled out at http://www.politiek2015.nl/voice-over/index.php and further information is available from Jurjen de Waal ( j.dewaal@ncdo.nl; +31.20.5682119) or Klaar Mous (k.mous@ncdo.nl; +31.20.5688743)

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