IT for Change is an India-based NGO working on information society, theory and practice from the standpoint of equity and social justice. Through research, advocacy and field projects, IT for Change seeks to challenge approaches that fail to address structural exclusions in the information society; and instead, promote alternative models that are participatory and inclusive. IT for Change is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

As part of the Women-Gov project, IT for Change will be working with marginalised women's collectives (locally known as sanghas) of the Mahila Samakhya programme of the Government of India, in three blocks of Mysore district, to strengthen their capacity to engage with local governance institutions. Mahila Samakhya is a pan-Indian programme that works towards empowering rural women from economically and socially marginalised sections, through a collectivisation strategy. Over the project period, IT for Change will initiate new techno-social processes with sanghas in the project area, to carry forward Mahila Samakhya's vision of developing the sangha as a space for citizenship pedagogy,and as a local knowledge institution privileging women and other marginalised groups in the community.

Project Activities

As part of the Women-Gov project, IT for Change will be working with women who are a part of the collectives formed under the Mahila Samakhya programme (locally known as sanghas of Mysore district, India. Over the two year period, IT for Change will be initiating project activities along the following lines:

  • Capacity building of sangha women to enable them to engage with local governance institutions and influence the discourses in the local public sphere effectively.

  • Reductions of community level power blocks that prevent women's access to community resources and their political participation in the local community.

  • Increasing the associational power of the sanghas at the community level, and enabling women to become conscious of the power of the collective.

  • Building the linkages of the sanghas with local government institutions

  • Strengthening the local information ecology by enhancing the information, learning and knowledge processes at the community level.

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