During March 2012, our overseas colleagues from Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF)have been running the first "TELEWISE Tip Contest", sharing some telecentre wisdom with their fellow community members by answering the question:
"How can we get more women to avail of telecentre services and digital literacy training?"
In Europe we were too involved in the Get Online Week 2012 campaign to participate in the contest, but out of the 100 tips that were received, the winning tips from the top 5 winners from each region are definitely worth reading:
Messaoudi Lotfi (Africa)
Create women groups activity, and launch training session with women trainers very close to the community leaders and women. This will encourage women to attend telecentre training and ask for help without any problems. Constraints such as social and intellectual barriers are always handicaps for women in rural areas and villages, the establishment of women's groups even encourage people to allow women to go, and mostly illiterate women to take courage to ask information.
Jasmine Mohammadsali (Asia-Pacific)
Bring services and digital literacy training to the women instead of waiting for them to come to the CeCs/telecentres. Have mobile CeCs/telecentres and trainers who can roam around the community for this purpose.
Tamara Shevchenko (Eurasia)
Informational-advertisement campaign “Women of Informational Future” should be conducted with the support of telecentre volunteer activists women and engagement of women NGOs in order to deliver message to women on opportunities and benefits ICT/telecentres offers them, like: possibility of home-based work/income, improvement of professional skills via acquiring of ICT, etc
Aicela Gomez Rueda (Latin American and the Caribbean)
Carry out special programs for the interactive mom, which encourages attendance of children in the company of their mother, receiving a discount on internet use so that as the child earns the discount, the mother and the telecentre enables users increases, everyone wins and the interactive mom program is promoted.
Mona Mohammed (Middle East and Northern Africa) Every woman who has studied IT or graduated from with an IT computer department should be required to teach another woman on digital literacy. The telecentre must play a vital role in moving this idea, putting it forth into discussion, and then drafting the moral law, which should then be circulated around the world and activated as a law in international curricula so it someday becomes a global culture.
Congratulations from Europe to all the winners!
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