[IGFmaglist] Fwd: IGF: Intersessional and WG Proposals

Wisdom Donkor wisdom.dk at gmail.com
Mon May 9 08:20:41 EDT 2016


I agree with Marilyn Cade 100% on the point raise on economic and
leadership empowerment. I will add another dimension to it call the social
empowerment.



The social empowerment in my understanding is understood as the process of
developing a sense of autonomy and self-confidence, and acting individually
and collectively to change social relationships and the institutions and
discourses that exclude poor people and keep them in poverty. Poor people’s
empowerment, and their ability to hold others to account, is strongly
influenced by their individual assets and capabilities of all types: human
(such as good health and education), social (such as social belonging, a
sense of identity, leadership relations) and psychological (self-esteem,
self-confidence, the ability to imagine and aspire to a better future).
Also important are people’s collective assets and capabilities, such as
voice, organisation, representation and identity.

Social protection is increasingly being discussed in terms of its potential
to bring about transformational change to the status and opportunities of
marginalised groups. Social protection schemes are believed to empower poor
people by helping them to adopt strategies to balance their immediate needs
with their investments in future livelihoods. They enable people to invest
in more productive activities such as entrepreneurship or keeping their
children in school. Social protection mechanisms are particularly important
for those who do not have the means even to save small amounts. There is
evidence that  social protection interventions have: promoted investments
in children’s human capital and capabilities; increased the productivity of
household livelihood efforts; contributed to a sense of inclusion and
citizenship; mobilised the poor around entitlement claims; and impacted the
local economy.

Poor people’s involvement in local associations and inter-community
cooperation mechanisms can contribute to economic and social empowerment
through online presence by improving their skills, knowledge and
self-perception. Local associations also act as self-help mechanisms
through which poor people organise their economic activities.

Gender based issues including online abuse are serious topics and need to
be given much attention. But as much as we try to tackle the issues without the
root course which is suppose to be economic and social empowerment in my
opinion we wont be getting no where.

With this i put my foot in Marilyn shoes.

Cheers

*WISDOM DONKOR (S/N Eng.)*
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On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com>
wrote:

> I am interested in our elaborating this discussion a bit before deciding
> as MAG members.
>
> Here are my thoughts.
>
> the issues of gender related abuse are serious, and deserve attention,
> however, this is only one part of the SDG Goal 5, which includes gender
> equality and empowerment.
>
> My work with WAVE is related to both areas, but a good deal of my focus is
> on economic empowerment -- e.g. giving women and girls paths to economic
> opportunities and ways, also tries to address social and civic empowerment,
> which in and of itself is empowering.
>
> Gender based abuse online is a serious and important topic. Personally, I
> think that both areas deserve some distinct focus.  I am not suggesting to
> have two BPFs at this point, believe me, but I am just trying to understand
> the focus of those presently engaged, and wanting to be sure that we do not
> lose the critical focus on abuse of women and girls on line.
>
> I will not offer to join that BPF, however, due to my personal focus in
> this area on the economic and leadership empowerment, but there is great
> inter relatedness and I do support the continuation of last year's BPF...
>
> I do not support a *general* label of gender BPF, however, as as we see
> in Goal 5, there are several critical tracks.
>
> But that is only my individual view.
>
> M
>
>
>
> From: jac at apcwomen.org
> To: alejandra.erramuspe at agesic.gub.uy; raquino at gmail.com
> Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 23:47:59 +0800
> Subject: Re: [IGFmaglist] Fwd: IGF: Intersessional and WG Proposals
> CC: igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
>
>
> This is great! Thanks so much for volunteering for this.
>
> Right now, the list is called BPF on online abuse. I'll check with
> secretariat to whether to create a new list or maybe rename that list as
> gender
>
> Thanks again :)
> j
>
>
> ---------------------------------
> Jac sm Kee
> Manager, Women's Rights Programme
> Association for Progressive Communications
> www.apc.org | www.takebackthetech.net | erotics.apc.org
> Jitsi: jacsmk | Skype: jacsmk | Twitter: @jhybe
>
> On 02/05/2016 23:39, Alejandra Erramuspe wrote:
> > +1 to work in this BPF
> >
> > Alejandra Erramuspe
> > Comunicación Institucional
> > AGESIC
> > Liniers 1324 Piso 3
> > Torre Ejecutiva
> > Tel.: 2901 2929 int. 8591
> > Montevideo - Uruguay
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > *De: *"Renata Aquino Ribeiro" <raquino at gmail.com>
> > *Para: *"Jac sm Kee" <jac at apcwomen.org>
> > *CC: *"MAG-public" <igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>
> > *Enviados: *Domingo, 1 de Mayo 2016 14:48:21
> > *Asunto: *Re: [IGFmaglist] Fwd: IGF: Intersessional and WG Proposals
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > Just a small correction on this email
> > The BPF Gender and Access is the one which I had seen the search for a
> > co-coordinator.
> > However, starting as a member, I`d reaffirm my interest in volunteering
> > for it.
> >
> > Thank you
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM, Renata Aquino Ribeiro
> > <raquino at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hi
> >>
> >> I`d also like to help on the DC Gender and Access
> >> And I would like to volunteer to co-coordinate if a volunteer is still
> >> being sought
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >>
> >>
> >> On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:52 PM, Jac sm Kee <jac at apcwomen.org> wrote:
> >>> Hello all,
> >>>
> >>> Apologies for missing the last virtual meeting. And great to see the
> >>> work on WGs moving forward.
> >>>
> >>> I wld like to recommit to volunteering for the WG on intersessional
> >>> work. To be able to discuss e.g. how to extend the reach and impact of
> >>> BPF work and 'living documents' (discussed below), and think through
> >>> modalities to support on-going work from year to year.
> >>>
> >>> Also to recap on BPF on countering online abuse and gender based
> >>> violence, the suggestion was to change it to Gender and Access - while
> >>> retaining a focus on gender, to examine a different component of it. And
> >>> for the BPF on countering online abuse and GBV as a living document
> >>> which will continue to be updated.
> >>>
> >>> Best,
> >>> jac
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> ---------------------------------
> >>> Jac sm Kee
> >>> Manager, Women's Rights Programme
> >>> Association for Progressive Communications
> >>> www.apc.org | www.takebackthetech.net | erotics.apc.org
> >>> Jitsi: jacsmk | Skype: jacsmk | Twitter: @jhybe
> >>>
> >>> On 26/04/2016 06:04, avri doria wrote:
> >>>> Hi,
> >>>>
> >>>> On
> >>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> BPF: Strengthening Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms (year 2)
> >>>>> MAG Lead Coordinator(s)/Experts:
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Avri Doria, Cheryl Miller
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Reported: Objectives reached
> >>>>
> >>>> It was well pointed out at the last meeting, that turning the work into
> >>>> a online living resource was recommend by the group last year.  Perhaps
> >>>> we should organize some effort to scope out the best way to do this
> >>>> before the next IGF meeting.
> >>>>
> >>>> avri
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On 25-Apr-16 11:31, Lynn St.Amour wrote:
> >>>>> Dear MAG members,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> following on from my earlier memo, please find attached two
> > documents from the IGF secretariat and myself.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> The IGF Community Intersessional document attempts to capture the
> > current state of play with regards to IGF community intercessional
> > activities (note: name changed from "IGF Intercessional activities” to
> > better reflect the involvement and leadership from the broader
> > community).  The recommendations are for your review and comments.    We
> > also attempted to include the coordinators for these activities (where
> > already agreed), and highlighted several areas where additional MAG
> > coordinators are needed, so please review, and volunteer.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> The second document captures the current state of various WG
> > discussions.  It may be useful to have a similar set of operating
> > recommendations for WGs as for the IGF Intercessional activities, and we
> > look forward to your thoughts.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> And, thank you to the IGF secretariat for pulling this together, it
> > should help advance our discussions tomorrow.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Bst regards,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Lynn and the IGF Secretariat
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> On Apr 24, 2016, at 1:14 PM, Lynn St.Amour
> > <lynn at internet-matters.org> wrote:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Virat, thank you for your proposal for a "WG TO UPDATE MAIN
> > SESSION GUIDELINES AND SUPPORT PLANNING”, as this will be discussed at
> > our upcoming meeting.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> The secretariat and I are also preparing a table of all the IGF
> > Intersessional activities to-date (i.e. BPFs, DCs, NRIs, and CNB - II),
> > the main purpose being to identify MAG resources in support of those
> > activities.   We will get it out ahead of our meeting and in future will
> > work to get all documents out early enough to allow a reasonable review
> > period ahead of our meetings.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> It would be very helpful if we could have a written proposal for
> > the WG on WS Evaluations from Rasha or Flávio, and an update/proposal
> > from Constance on Connecting the Next Billion - Phase II.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> If MAG members are intending to submit requests for additional
> > WGs, please send the proposals to the MAG list in advance of the meeting.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Best,
> >>>>>> Lynn
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
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