Three Organizations to Follow this International Women’s Day

Instead of immersing you in even more content to sift through this International Women’s Day, we want to encourage you to follow three of our partners that are doing great work to support women and girls. Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) | Nigeria Website: http://www.w-teconline.org/ Twitter: @wteconline Facebook: W.TEC – Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre Each...

Boosting Women’s Economic Opportunity in Guatemala

In Guatemala, poverty most often is found in rural areas, primarily affecting women who have suffered in part from the entrenched belief that women are less productive than men. This fact has hurt the development of women and has greatly limited women’s inclusion in the labor market. According to data from the United Nations Development...

How Libraries Can Support Survivors of Domestic Abuse: Part 2

This is the second in a two-part interview with Holly Case, a Senior Team Officer for Surrey County Council Libraries in the UK. Beyond Access spoke with Holly about her libraries’ award-winning work to serve survivors of domestic abuse in their community, which goes far beyond reading material to include outreach programs, self-esteem workshops, and information sessions....

Innovator Spotlight: Juana Imelda Hernandez Mendoza

Juana Imelda Hernandez Mendoza is the coordinator of a business center in the Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Community Library in Guatemala. She recently participated in Plan Ceibal’s Expo Aprende in Montevideo, Uruguay. The conference focused on education and ICTs, tied in with the Uruguay government’s plan to provide a laptop for every child in school. What’s the...

How Libraries Can Support Survivors of Domestic Abuse

This is the first in a two-part interview with Holly Case, a Senior Team Officer for Surrey County Council Libraries in the UK. Beyond Access spoke with Holly about her libraries’ award-winning work to serve survivors of domestic abuse in their community, which goes far beyond reading material to include outreach programs, self-esteem workshops, and...

Innovator Spotlight: Margarita Escoto

Margarita Escoto is the librarian at the Arturo Flores Aguiluz Library, located in the community of San Luis in Comayagua, Honduras. BA : What are your dreams for your library? Honduras is currently experiencing severe violence. Our dream now is to care for our children from before birth onward through adulthood. We know that our...

Innovator Spotlight: Juana Imelda Hernandez Mendoza

Juana Imelda Hernandez Mendoza is the coordinator of a business center in the Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Community Library in Guatemala. The business center is a new space for women artisans to learn to use the internet and get entrepreneurship advice. BA: What’s the role of the business center? Women have always suffered from discrimination in our...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Oscar Nieto

Oscar Nieto works as a volunteer at Plan Ceibal in the Manuel Rosé Public Library in the Canelones region of Uruguay. Plan Ceibal is an initiative to introduce information and communication technology in primary schools throughout the country. Oscar promotes the use of ICT at the library, working with children, their families, and the wider community...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Irakli Garibashvili

Irakli Garibashvili is Co-Founder and a Board Member of the Georgian Library Association. In the past decade, he’s worked on ICT development, created a training center for librarians, and advocated extensively to the Georgian government for libraries and library services. BA: What are some of the key challenges you’ve faced in your work? IG: We...

Three Lessons about Tech and Development

Brenda Musasizi, Coordinator of the Uganda Community Libraries Association, recently participated in Spark 2013 — the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres, which brought together more than 1,000 people from the internet and communications technology for development (ICT4D) sector and focused on how people, innovation, and sustainability are essential to drive development through technology. She presented...

Digital Inclusion in Peru: Conectándonos Peru

Earlier this year, Rosa Yataco from the National Library of Peru attended the Conectándonos Peru conference in Cusco with support from the Beyond Access Outreach Fund. Below, she describes her experience at the conference.  Conectándonos Peru began when an international community of bloggers, Global Voices Online, called for youth and young users of social networking...

Empowering Girls and Women: Women Deliver 2013

Hellen Muyomba recently participated in the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur with support from the Beyond...

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