Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fem Camp, Bologna May 26th 2007

Live Stream from Fem Camp was by Robin Good TV
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Photos from the event at Flickr, courtesy of dottavi


barcamp per parlare di donne nelle tecnologie e tecnologie delle donne / barcamp to talk about women in technologies and technologies of women

Il FemCamp ha un tema: le nuove tecnologie per valorizzare "le voci, le visioni, le azioni delle donne". Analizziamo insieme, donne e uomini, come svelare i condizionamenti dei comportamenti culturali, messi in atto dalla società, ed evitare la conseguente stereotipizzazione di entrambi i sessi.

Il FemCamp si inserisce nell'ambito del convegno transnazionale "E-WIT" di TechnéDonne, progetto finanziato dall'Iniziativa Comunitaria Equal, che nei due anni di attività ha cercato di contrastare la segregazione professionale femminile nelle ICT, affrontando in maniera innovativa il gender digital divide.


The FemCamp has a main theme: the use of technology to empower "women’s voices, visions, and actions". We want to analize together, women and men, how to unveil the social construction of cultural patterns our society enforces, and therefore find ways to avoid gender stereotypes.

The FemCamp is part of the transnational conference "E-WIT", organised within the European project TechnéDonne, financed by the EU Equal Programme. Throughout its two years of activity, the project has being fighting women's professional segregation within the ICT field, trying to find innovative strategies to cope with the gender digital divide.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

April 29th 2007: Political demonstration, Istanbul, Turkey

The other week (April 27th to May 1st), while we were in Turkey for a long weekend visit to Istanbul together with our Bologna friends Irene Ruggero and Carlo Coniglio, we had the interesting and inspiring experience of being able to mingle with the enormous crowds of turkish citizens of all age groups, with a very large component of young people, both male and female, who took part in a vast peaceful demonstration in support of a secular state.

The scene above is from a brief gathering with public appeals and speeches held around the Independence Memorial in Taksim Square, high up on the East bank of the Golden Horn.

Taksim area itself is well worth a visit in any case in order to enjoy the excellent views of the old city center on the other bank of the Golden Horn with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, and then to walk down the lively pedestrian precinct which meanders all the way back down to the waterfront again.