2003 Gender and ICT Awards
Eligibility and Criteria
The awards are open to initiatives anywhere
in the world. The target beneficiaries of the projects must
be women or girls. The awards program does not
give grants for future projects, or research studies by
graduate or undergraduate students.
The categories for the awards are:
Individual or Community-Based Initiative
1. Strategic use of ICTs
The utilisation of information and
communications technologies (ICTs), in support of women’s
empowerment and/or the promotion of gender equality –
including (but not limited to) efforts to redress violence against
women; contribute to peace building in times of war and conflict;
or raise awareness/education around HIV/AIDS – locally,
nationally, regionally or internationally.
The initiative uses information and
communication tools in a way that is sustainable over the longer
term and appropriate to the needs and contexts of the community
it is serving.
2. Mobilising Awareness and Participation
or Building Capacity
The initiative demonstrates the awareness
of both the opportunities and limitations of ICTs, among people
involved in its implementation.
The initiative involves active participation
from its beneficiary communities, strengthens the capacity of
the people that are involved in implementing the project, and
interacts demonstrably with the broader social context, e.g.,
local communities and business, government, other organisations,
3. Contributing Significantly to the Promotion
of Gender Equality and/or Women’s Empowerment
The initiative's efforts have demonstrable
impact, with respect to empowering and supporting individual
women, communities of women, or women’s organizations,
to improve the quality of their lives and to make meaningful
contributions to equitable human development and the broader
struggle for social justice.
Learning Lessons and
Sharing Strategies To be
eligible for the Awards, applicants need to reflect on and express
understanding and strategic analysis of the methods and tools they
used, and of their own failures and ultimate success in such a way
that others can learn from their experience.