Gender and ICT Awards

International Recognition to innovative and effective projects by women to use ICTs for the promotion of gender equality and /or women's empowerment. An initiative of APC WNSP and GKP
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The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) is a global network of women who support women networking for social change and gender justice, through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The APC WNSP is in charge of the Gender and ICT Awards Project Management.

WNSP's main strengths

  • Extensive experience in gender and ICT work
  • Established partner network
  • Awards management experience and procedures of APC, gained
    through its awarding of the Betinho and Hafkin prizes.

WNSP's in-kind contribution

The network will provide gender and ICT experts as selection committee members who could also act as an extended investigating arm for projects vying for the award, as well as assist in identification process of suitable projects.


Networking for change and women’s empowerment since 1993


We are a global network of women who support women networking for social change and women’s empowerment, through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). We promote gender equality in the design, development, implementation, access to and use of ICTs and in the policy decisions and frameworks that regulate them.We are part of the Association for Progressive Communications, an international network of civil society organizations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through the strategic use ICTs, including the Internet.


  • To promote the consideration and incorporation of gender in ICT policy-making bodies and forums;
  • To initiate and implement research activities in the field of gender and ICT;
  • To advance the body of knowledge, understanding, and skills in the field of gender and ICT by implementing training activities;
  • To facilitate access to information resources in the field of gender and ICT.


We engage in research, evaluation, training, information, and support activities in the field of ICT policy, skills-sharing in the access and use of ICT, and women's network-building.

Since 1993, the programme has implemented a diverse range of activities designed to respond to our mission and goals. These activities are centered around 6 main areas of work; Policy and advocacy

  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Information facilitation
  • Developing training methodologies and materials
  • Support for emerging national and regional internet based networks

Some highlights of the programme’s work:

  • APC WNSP ran an onsite electronic communication facility to support women's NGOs and women participating in the 1995 UN World Conference. Prior to and during the World Conference on Women, the programme provided information facilitation and onsite training and outreach, and successfully lobbied for the inclusion of women’s ICT needs in the formulation of Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action.
  • APC WNSP has played a crucial facilitating role in the creation of several active regional and national women's networking support initiatives such as APC-Africa-Women, Women'sNet (South Africa), Feminismus (Czech Republic), FAMAfrique (Francophone Africa) and Womenshub (Philippines).
  • The programme as a whole, and through its members, has contributed to the development of gender-sensitive training materials in website development and online women's solidarity as well as guidelines for gender-sensitive outreach and training methodologies.
  • In 1997, the programme implemented "Global Networking for Change," the first formal research and evaluation project to document women's experiences in using ICT for activist-oriented networking. This research surveyed some 700 individual women and women's groups around the world.
  • The programme implemented "Women Working in ICTs," a research study which focused specifically on women as 'workers' in ICTs. This research explores in more depth the experiences of individual women who participated in the design, development and implementation of the APC WNSP's communication initiatives for the 1995 Beijing Conference
  • Since 1999 we have coordinated with other organizations in Asiain organizing the Women's Electronic Network Training workshop, or WENT. WENT aims to build the capacities of women in the field of information and communication technology and strengthen women's organisations and networks in Asia and the Pacific. WENT has trained 135 women from 19 countries in this region. WENT's participatory approach and focus on ICT training by women, for women, has inspired similar training initiatives in other regions of the world including a global WENT training; national WENT-modeled workshops in Korea, Philippines, Malaysia and India; and in March 2003, APC Africa Women organized the first regional WENT Africa workshop.
  • The programme developed the Gender Evaluation Methodology, a guide to integrating gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use ICTs for social change. GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels.
  • In 2003, the programme initiated the APC WNSP and GKP Gender and ICT Awards, which aim to honor and bring international recognition to innovative and effective projects by women to use ICTs for the promotion of gender equality and/or women’s empowerment. The awards aim to recognise gender and ICT initiatives globally and provide further impetus for others to mainstream gender in the field of ICTs for women's empowerment.


We think of the APC WNSP as a networked organisation. We function as a network of women and their organisations who are actively involved in activities which promote, support, or facilitate women's access to, and use of, ICT. The organisational structure of the APC WNSP reflects the motivations and interests of all participants and is therefore inclusive, accessible, and pragmatic. The programme operates on a combination of minimal administration and coordination and maximum output in activities, through an open, secure, and respectful online environment where all participants can work and meet. The programme works primarily in an online world. Using a combination of email, mailing lists and real time text and voice, we are able to coordinate, develop action plans, implement activities, support and mentor one another while maintaining and strengthening our organisational and personal relationships. Of course, we also meet face-to-face whenever opportunities present themselves (such as national, regional or international workshops and conference) or through explicitly funded workshops and meetings of the programme.


Our network numbers over 100 women from more than 35 countries. They are individual women and women's groups and organisations working in the field of gender and ICT and actively supporting women's networking. Our members have formed themselves into regional networks in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Africa and are building an emerging network in Europe. Our programme members are specialists in areas such as training, information facilitation, technical work and policy issues. Many work on a voluntary basis and are mostly experienced network users rather than formally-trained ICT experts. We come from different backgrounds: among us are activists on issues such as housing, environmental protection and women's health; librarians, journalists, web developers, trainers, technicians, and user support providers. Some of us work for Internet Service/Content Service Providers (ISP/CSP) that are members of the Association For Progressive Communications. Some are independent activists, and some are members of women's organisations.

APC WNSP global network contact:
APC-Africa-Women contact:
Asia and the Pacific contact:
Latin American and the Caribbean contact:
Central and Eastern Europe contact: