Winning Projects 2014: Power 2 Women!

  • Winner

    I Decide

    Yo decido –I decide– an initiative of the Guatemalan youth organization Paz Joven, works toreduce teenage pregnancies among Mayan young people by utilizing strategies such as investigative participation and IT to educate and inform. Many Mayan communities live in poverty without access to schooling or computers. However, most Mayan young people do have a cellphone, so Yo Decido focusses on teaching Mayan youth to produce videos using their own footage. Video presentations are shared in local movie theatres and schools, showing what youth think about the psycho- social problems that contribute...
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    ChatSalud is an opt-in SMS system connecting Nicaraguan youth to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and local health services via mobile phones. Studies show one in four adolescent girls will become pregnant before the age of nineteen, while the prognosis rises to one in three in rural areas. Many adolescents avoid conventional health centres due to a perceived lack of confidentiality. Using a number of research methods to ensure a participatory design process, ChatSalud developed content which is more interactive, dynamic and attractive to a youth audience. With nearly 90% of...
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    Ladybug is an Iranian start-up for a new generation of women enthusiastic about and active in different technological fields. Partnering with well-known websites and blogs, the project encourages women to enter the IT world. Ladybug has a young team of managers all under thirty living in Iran. In only 12 months, like-minded partners came together and invested in video-making, promotional photos and the overall design, leading Ladybug to successfully catch the attention of the public. Being online and enjoying exceptional publicity, Ladybug aims to reach a wide female audience and to become...
  • Runner-Up

    The Voice of Women Initiative

    Vow initiative
    The Voice of Women Initiative (VOW Initiative) is a women-led initiative to give an engaged open space to young women and girls to voice their issues. In less than two years, VOW has grown to attract contributors and committed 35 correspondents from all around the world. The website includes already articles, videos, art, and the team is currently developing different forms of campaigns and advocacy tools that women can use in their different communities, organizations, schools and clubs.
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    PowerMama is a comprehensive online portal in which contributors and activists of all ages and genders are able to influence change in socioeconomic development. Offering content such as news articles from local publications, laws and legal documents, Researches, governmental decrees in the format of photos, audio and video, PowerMama provides a vast range of information material. The primary mission of PowerMama project is to inform and facilitate discussion on women issues and their rights, and empower women through training and creating awareness on how ICT can help promote gender equality...