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Projects

MOBISITE PROJECT

In conjunction with the Department of Communications, the Mobisite project seeks to serve as a space for learning, sharing and networking for advocacy amongst girls. The content on the Mobisite, is developed by girls, with additional content sourced. The project is premised out of the necessity for young women and girls in South Africa to access relevant information and to engage with issues of concern to them via the Internet and other media forms and thus help bridge the digital divide. The process involved a citizen journalism workshop, a digital story telling workshop and a writing workshop. The outcomes of the project include: a new mobisite, digital stories, forums and a newsletter. All these are accessible on the new site.

TECHNOLOGY CAMP FOR GIRLS

This project was African Women's Development Fund (AWDF). The purpose of the project was to plan and hold a girls' capacity building Technology Camp (Tech Camp) in Johannesburg, for 25 selected girls. In addition, the girls would design an electronic newsletter from the content that they developed through the Tech Camp. This project fell under the theme of Health, Reproductive Rights and project and increased the girls' capacity to use information communication technology (ICT) to address these issues.

TECHNOLOGY CAMP FOR GIRLS

A 3-day capacity building technology camp, funded by the International Development Exchange (IDEX), attended by girls from Johannesburg and surrounding areas. It sought to create a safe platform for engagement, networking and sharing among participating girls and the participants of a parallel programme at the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX). It taught and encouraged girls to access and use new information and communication technologies and at the same time popularising the field of science and technology as a career path. This project also contributed to the formation of networks between girls and women, thus supporting a girls feminist movement.

CITIZEN JOURNALISM FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION

This is another project sponsored by the People Project Foundation (PPF). The project will continue with the same set of girls from Orange Farm that were on the Technology, Maths and Science; and Gender Equality project. Through this citizen journalism project, we will help increase the girls' capacity to use information communication technology (ICT) to address social ills/issues.

KEEP-YOUR-CHATS-EXACTLY-THAT!

"Keep-Your-Chats-Exatly-That!" is an online safety campaign that will help empower South African girls and boys with helpful tactics when using instant messaging applications both on mobile phones and the Internet. The campaign was a response to focus group interviews conducted by Women'sNet on the the use of mobile phones by South African youth that revealed that majority of girls felt unsafe online.

TECHNOLOGY, MATHS AND SCIENCE; AND GENDER EQUALITY: PEOPLE PROJECT FOUNDATION (PPF)

This project trained fourteen girls from Orange Farm in computer skills, writing skills. The workshops also included modules on children's rights, gender empowerment and field trips to enrich the girl's understanding of maths, science and technology.

SAWID (SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN IN DIALOGUE)

Members from the Gauteng Girls'Net club participated in the SAWID conference in July 2005 at the University of Pretoria. SAWID is a forum for ongoing dialogue among South African women to establish a common agenda for women's development. It is a forum for knowledge sharing on development issues in the country and continent.

PUTTING FEMINISM ON THE AGENDA

From the 22nd to 24th of November 2006, Women'sNet, in partnership with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University and the University of Victoria - Canada - International Human Rights Project, hosted a workshop and a two day conference with the theme "Putting Feminism On the Agenda".

VISUAL LITERACY PROJECT

In June and July 2005 together with The Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Girls'Net ran a workshop with girls through which they were taught basic photography and visual literacy skills. Girls from the Eastern Cape were empowered to tell their own stories, encourage and foster societal communication creating an awareness of reality of what is.

GIRLS'NET ICT CAMPS

The six day residential ICT camps took place in four provinces: Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Limpopo and were coordinated with the help of local partners in each province. The camps successfully trained the participating girls in understanding the strategic use of ICT's for development. Through the training camps Girls'Net has made a contribution to the generation of online content and platforms.

DIGITAL AUDIO TRAINING

The Digital Audio Production Project began as a partnership between ‘The South African Girl-Child Alliance (SAGCA) and UNICEF South Africa. They commissioned Women'sNet to deliver digital audio training to girls between the ages of 12-16. Girls from Limpopo produced audio clips that can be used by radio stations (both community and commercial).


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