1. Information sharing and Networking
This program aims at providing relevant information to urban and rural women and sharing of experiences for purposes of improving quality of lives – which it does through a variety of online and offline channels including electronic mailing lists, a monthly e-newsletter with updates on the activities of WOUGNET members and the secretariat, the WOUGNET website www.wougnet.org, social media, a print newsletter “WOUGNET News”, a resource centre, community radio and rural information centres – Kubere Information Centre and Ribe-ber Information Centre. In addition, WOUGNET implements Access4Dev initiatives to pilot and/or establish ICT strategies and policies to promote and support improved access to information by women and women organisations. These projects also serve to create awareness on the opportunities and benefits of the strategic use of ICTs for sustainable development.
2. Technical Support
This program aims at supporting women organizations to access, utilize and apply ICTs in addressing their development problems. In support of WOUGNET’s mission, it is imperative that we keep abreast with developments in the fast-changing sector of ICTs with a view of strengthening the WOUGNET platform through the innovative and strategic use of ICTs for development. This involves researching as well as piloting new software and hardware technologies to enhance members’ choice of technologies with which to exchange information and knowledge as well as to integrate into their activities for improved livelihoods. It also involves building capacity of members and at the secretariat in the use of ICT as well as providing technical assistance.
3. Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy
The program aims at effectively influencing the formulation and implementation of gender sensitive ICT policies and programs, in collaboration with members and partners. WOUGNET also serves as secretariat for the Uganda Women’s Caucus on ICT (UWCI) that undertakes advocacy activities geared towards addressing gender concerns within the ICT Policies and programs. Advocacy activities include research, studies, analysis and advocacy of issues in areas of e-governance, e-access, and the review of national/local communications policies and strategies to establish what works, what does not and the recommendations for a way forward. Issues raised by WOUGNET are addressed to policy and decision makers, and we monitor and evaluate progress made to integrate a gender-perspective in programs, policies, and practices. WOUGNET has adopted a Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM)-approach in undertaking the researches/studies and analyses to ensure that a gender perspective is integrated. WOUGNET also implements projects and programs that promote gender equality among communities. Such projects aim at benefiting women and the youth, for example, empowering communities to monitor district service delivery through ICTs and promoting economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs.