KM4Dev 09 Gender Huddle


KM4Dev 09 Gender Huddle

This group is meant to start thinking and sharing around the gender huddle at the 6-8 October 2009 KM4DEV meeting in Brussels

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Started by Peter J. Bury Sep 29, 2009.

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Comment by Sophie Treinen on October 12, 2009 at 5:45pm
Hi Hannah,
Could you please refresh my memory? Is this the blog post you wanted to publish or have you prepared something specific for the wiki? Have you done a filmed interview of Rose? Thanks for letting us know
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 12, 2009 at 5:34pm
Hi all,
I was part of the gender huddle in brussels and really enjoyed the opportunity to think about the characteristics of gender and/ in KM. We kind of felt that there were two slightly separate issues: the management of knowledge about gender and the gender aspects of KM. I think both are fascinating.

For the former, we talked about how gender can be so invisible, even when it is being done well - jsut like KM itself. It is enabling, makes work better and more effective, but it is hard to find out what is happening, we don't report on it well, and it would be great to share some ideas about how we could improve the reporting of gender in projects and activities that do not have a 'gender' focus or name. One idea I liked was tagging - if people could get used to tagging reports then things like gender would be 'uninvisibilised'...

the other aspect - of gender in KM - was also interesting and we talked a bit about the processes and questions that can be asked to understand the gender, power and other differences in the way people use and access information. This is equally valid whether we are working in a rural setting or within large organisations on KM, sharing learning or information access issues. I am hoping to contribute some of the tools I have developed/ used for this kind of socio-technical mapping and would love to hear from others too on this one...
Comment by Rosien Herweijer on October 12, 2009 at 12:38pm a LEISA magazine special on women in agriculture
Comment by Christian DE NEEF on October 12, 2009 at 9:09am
Thank you Sophie for inviting me here. I may need some time to catch up, as I am both new to KM4DEV & this group. Looking forward to enriching discussions! Will they be gender-balanced?, I doubt so...
Comment by Rosien Herweijer on October 12, 2009 at 8:19am
Thank you Sophie for putting in so much effort.
It is good to have a space where we can continue to think an exchange experiences regarding gender in KM/KS: there is always a surprise when you look to the gender lens
Comment by Sophie Treinen on October 12, 2009 at 12:30am
Jaap was the first man to join the gender huddle in Brussels on Day 1. But on Day 2 we had gender balance in the participation. Four men and four women. So I hope we can keep this balance in the members list of this group so that we can continue discussing ... as many of our concerns were not answered in Brussels
Comment by Peter J. Bury on September 29, 2009 at 5:47pm
Hi all, if only to contribute a tiny bit to a gender balance in this huddle. As I'm facilitating the WASHuddle, I may not be able to participate much, but i'll try to make links!
At IRC we have an interesting trackrecord on addressing gender and equity and are the initiators of the global Gender and Water Alliance (GWA). For more click here
Comment by Rosien Herweijer on September 29, 2009 at 12:00pm
welcome roselinie and all other huddlers..... see you all next week
Comment by Roselinie Farirayi Murota on September 29, 2009 at 10:12am
I am an information officer and working with an NGO in facilitating rural development in the area of ICTs. the issue of gender is something that i have a keen inetrest in. i am not an expert in this field but i wnat to learn more about gender issues in KM/KS. particularly of interest to me is the monitoring and evaluation and collection of gender disaggregated data in the community. i am also a student studying Information and Knowledge managent! looking forward to an enriching group of people!
Comment by Jane Elizabeth Hailé on September 20, 2009 at 3:30pm
Just some of random thoughts towards a huddle!
Like Rosien on her wiki entry I am struck also by the variety of gender & KM experiences represented here.
In terms of gender being an organizing principle I think we need also to recognize that this varies in importance as a principle between different societies. Also that for many people the two categories of woman & man would not be sufficient. In many countries we see increasingly vocal & visible GLBT constituencies for example. This has not only of individual conceptual & philosophical significance but also has practical implications - for example as concerns marriage & adoption & inheritance rights of same sex couples; or developing HIVAIDS prevention campaigns; or ordaining homosexual clergy.

The recent case of the South African athlete Caster Semenya who was subject to so-called 'gender-testing' after she won the gold medal has also raised public awareness of the fact that the distinctions & links between sex & gender may not be as simple as is often assumed.

As a media junkie I have been struck by the 'engendered' discussion of the economic crisis in many of the 'serious' mainstream media. This is impressive & perhaps indicates that all that mainstreaming work by the gender experts since the 1960s is having an impact outside their immediate environment or institution?

In this sense I find it a bit oddly timed that the UN last week decided to establish a separate agency for women? This event has been hailed by the NGOs who have campaigned for it but may not be widely known about in the outside world.

In terms of KM we perhaps need to look at the various gender discourses running concurrently...... donor organization, academia, mainstream media.... which would also vary in different country situations..... & the possibility of links between them?

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