Eligibility and Criteria
Focus of the Awards
The focus of the 2005 Awards was on ICT
initiatives that promote womens economic empowerment
as it relates to development.
Economic empowerment is seen in terms
- overcoming marginalisation, oppressive social norms,
and inadequate support and responsibility from governments
in terms of access & rights to resources & making
- offering women choice and opportunity,
- encouraging women to fulfil their potentials;
- giving voice and capability to counter their seeming
ICT-related development is defined not
only as it relates to income or material deprivation but
as resolving basic needs of the community and promoting
social networking through ICT intervention.The focus is
not on the technology itself but in looking at the practical
gender and strategic application by women to address their
local needs and the specificity of their situations.
Two winners will be awarded for:
Outstanding ICT Project for Women's
A cash prize of USD $8,000 will be given
to each winner.
The GICT Awards are open to civil society
organisations, community-based groups, women's organisations
and networks and social movements in the following countries:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's
Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Georgia, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan,
Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic
Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia,
Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua
New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation,
Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan,
Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and
The target beneficiaries of the projects
must be women or girls. Special attention will be given
to projects initiated by women themselves.
Both project and project owners should
be based in any of the Asia Pacific countries mentioned
To be considered, the projects must be
operational for at least two years and should be
able to demonstrate results.
The awards program does not give
grants for future projects, or research studies by graduate
or undergraduate students.
Information and Communication Technologies
(ICTs) refer to the broad range of digital technologies
like computer hardware and software, fixed lines and mobile
phones, electronic mail, satellite technology, wireless
or cable networks, multimedia tools (convergence of the
Internet and radio and/or video), and the Internet which
are used to create, transmit and distribute information
and services. Initiatives must have, in any manner, actual
use of the Internet in order to qualify.
The Awards will honour local, small-scale
and community-based projects with women and girls as the
1. Utilizes ICTs to promote women's
economic empowerment and gender equality
a. Uses information and communications
technologies (ICTs) in support of womens economic
empowerment and the promotion of gender equality.
b. Demonstrates the impact of supporting
individual women, communities of women, or womens
organizations, to improve the quality of their lives and
to make meaningful contributions to equitable human development
and the broader struggle for social justice.
2. Upscales initiatives and community-centred
a. Uses information and communication
tools that are sustainable for a long period of time and
appropriate to the needs and specific contexts of the community
it is serving.
b. Has the potential and ease to be replicated
in other areas taking into account the different contexts
and forces at play.
c. Broadens the reach and impact of pilot ICT initiatives
targeted towards women's economic empowerment and gender
3. Promotes cooperation and social
a. Fosters multi-stakeholder cooperation and active participation
among different sectors (e.g., local communities and business,
government, other organisations) in the community.
b. Acts as a channel to access information,
gain social support and confidence, nurtures collective
or community life.
c. Strengthens the capacity of people
in implementing the project.
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
Nominations will be accepted until May
15, 2005. Winners will be selected and announced by
August 30, 2005. Please take note of the detailed submissions
information, to facilitate sending applications.
For the 2005 awards, application forms
must be submitted in English.