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Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones


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This slideshow shares the seeds of a vision to engage grassroots women activists on the edge in regional and global networks. Contact if you have a project/network that might benefit from mobile tools.

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Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones

  1. 1. Mobile & Women’s Networks How can mobile phones be used to strengthen the great work already happening among women around the world? Prepared by Mary Jane Marcus at InSTEDD, [email_address] - DRAFT of 6/5/09
  2. 2. Desired outcomes <ul><li>Women’s networks/groups are harnessed through peer knowledge sharing and mutual support. As a result, these regional networks are stronger, more effective, vibrant and connected! Women with only a mobile phone are as engaged as those with internet access </li></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  3. 3. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS: TRAVEL TO MEET FACE TO FACE </li></ul><ul><li>Meet Face to Face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Petrol, transport expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roads poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs considerable time and money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delays in moving forward </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  4. 4. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS: TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice – no conference calling, voice calls extremely expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet – internet access is expensive, intermittent, not constant </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  5. 5. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>OPPORTUNITIES: CELL PHONES (GROUP COMMUNICATION) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of text message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Already being used </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  6. 6. How can a peer group or network work together with only a basic mobile phone? Prepared by InSTEDD,
  7. 7. Testing and deployment process <ul><li>Assessment – what are the needs? what is the technical capacity? </li></ul><ul><li>Partner development – which groups already have networks that exist and women who want to work more closely together? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify small pilots for a few scenarios. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology options - what would be appropriate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>InSTEDD’s GeoChat could be useful..use it as a conversation starter </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  8. 8. Existing technology options to support women’s networks: InSTEDD’s GeoChat Group Conversation over SMS <ul><li>Peer to peer communication (unlike most tools are top to bottom or visa versa) </li></ul><ul><li>Group member sends one message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All team receives the message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goes thru internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within and between countries </li></ul></ul>Send water supplies to Village C Prepared by InSTEDD,
  9. 9. Why GeoChat Might Have for Women <ul><li>Group SMS – </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Circles </li></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD,
  10. 10. Possible Scenario for GeoChat: Helping Women Connect with Their Team (possibly spread out in different villages, towns) Chief says women are protected here HQ: Good to hear from you 100 women came to gathering! Need more water Prepared by InSTEDD,
  11. 11. Possible Scenario: Connecting Women Working on Similar Issues in a Region Prepared by InSTEDD,
  12. 12. Possible GeoChat Scenario: Strengthening the Movement: Women Connect Between Countries/Regions Prepared by InSTEDD,
  13. 13. In a way that is connected with women technologists! Prepared by InSTEDD,
  14. 14. How to Use GeoChat: Takes 5 minutes Create a group on the GeoChat website. Ask group members to join from their mobile phones with their name and the group name. Send: “ YOUR NAME*GROUP NAME” (example: paul zula*foi) to the number for your country. Numbers here: Display Name (ex: Paul Zula)– the name that will appear before each message you send. Make sure your team can recognize you with this name. Group name (ex: FOI, for Friends of InSTEDD) – enter the short version of the group name