WOUGNET Update Newsletter -  November 2001
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= Uganda Media Women's Association launches community radio
      On August 24, 2001, UMWA launched a new community radio station
      that will be a forum for debating gender issues. The
      station, 101.7 Mama FM, will  cover women's issues as well as
      news of importance to other marginalized groups.

= Women's Organisation for Development and Conflict Resolution
     "Has the affirmative action for women gone beyond mere
      rhetoric?" calls for women action to create a just and healthy


= CEEWA WIRES (Women's Information Resource Electronic Service)
      WIRES is an initiative started in 1999 by Council for Economic
      Empowerment for Women of Africa (CEEWA)-Uganda Chapter. It is
      an Internet-based Information Resource Centre designed to
      provide relevant business information to women in Uganda with
      the end goal of empowering the small-scale entrepreneurs in


a) African Women Organisations

= African Women's Media Center
      The African Women's Media Center (AWMC) is a project of the
      International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). The AWMC  was
      launched in 1997 to provide African women journalists the
      training, resources and tools they need to compete equally with
      their male colleagues.

b) ICT related organisations

= ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) - Gender Issues
      The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the
      International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has programmes to
      facilitate connectivity and access, foster policy, regulatory and
      network readiness, expand human capacity through training
      programmes, formulate financing strategies and e-enable
      enterprises in developing countries. This includes promoting
      greater involvement of women in ICT, both at the policy-making
      level and in the actual access to technology.

c)   Human Rights Links and Resources

= End Violence against Women: Information and Resources
      The End Violence against Women website is a joint collaboration
      of the John Hopkins University (Gender Task Force, Communication
      Programmes), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
      and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to
      collect and share documentation and communication materials
      produced in the worldwide struggle to end violence against women.

= AMANITARE - African Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health
    and Rights of Women and Girls
      AMANITARE was launched in Uganda in 2000 with a goal to build
      an influential social movement to institutionalize the
      recognition of African women's and girls' sexual and
      reproductive health rights as fundamental to their civil and
      human rights. AMANITARE is coordinated by RAINBO.

= International Women's Rights Project (IWRP)
      The International Women's Rights Project (IWRP) was founded in
      1998 to strengthen the capacity of women's NGOs and to influence
      the implementation of international human rights standards, to
      the benefit of women, through research and evidence-based
      advocacy. The project is based at the York University Centre for
      Feminist Research.

= Associates for Change
      Associates for Change is a private consultancy firm based in
      Kampala, Uganda, which aims to contribute to efforts designed to
      build peoples' capacities to bring the process of change firmly
      within their influence and control. Areas of expertise include
      Human Rights with a special focus on women's human rights,
      Gender and Development, Promotion of Democracy and
      participation in Governance, Promotion of an efficient Judicial
      system, Human Resource and Institutional building.

d) Resources about Women

= International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)
      The IWMF was launched in 1990 with the mission to strengthen the
      role of women in the news media around the world, based on the
      belief that no press is truly free unless women share an equal
      voice. IWMF is involved in three areas: Raising Awareness;
      Building Networks; and Creating Opportunities.

= Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP)
      The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) is a
      nonprofit, tax-exempt research, education, and publishing
      organization. The organization was founded in 1972 by Dr. Donna
      Allen to increase communication among women and reach the public
      with women's experience, perspectives, and opinions. WIFP
      publishes the International Directory of Women's Media,
      available at no cost on their website, and a booklet series
      on media democracy, as well as an Associates Newsletter,
      Voices for Media Democracy.


October 2001

= infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund (iCSF)
      The infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund (iCSF) is now accepting
      applications for conferences taking place during the period
      November 2001-June 2002.

March 2002

= Call for Nominations: Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life
      Awarded since 1995 by the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
      - an international NGO for the empowerment of women and children
      - the Prize ($500 each) annually honours women and women's groups
      exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment in
      improving the quality of life in rural communities. Deadline for
      nominations is March 2002.

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