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The website of the AFRICAN CENTRE FOR WOMEN, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ACWICT) at opens with a striking photo of a woman in colorful traditional clothing, holding a state-of-the-art notebook computer. The mission of this Kenya-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) is "to promote access to and effective use of [information and communications technologies] among women in the African region as well as explore opportunities for harnessing the technology to work as a tool for their social, economic, political advancement." One of the organization's projects is a mentoring program that aims to encourage girls to pursue careers in information technology.

Many women were among the firefighters and emergency medical technicians on the scene of the disaster at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Two websites specifically dedicated to those women's experiences are ANOTHER VIEW OF 9/11: WOMEN TELL THEIR STORIES ( and WOMEN AT GROUND ZERO (, the latter being a companion site to a book with the same title by Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba.

ASMITA WOMEN'S PUBLISHING HOUSE, MEDIA AND RESOURCE ORGANISATION in Nepal is "the one and only feminist alternative media organization in the country." The organization, whose name means "identity," was started by a group of young women journalists in the late 1980s. Asmita's activities have included publishing a magazine, documenting the Nepali women's movement, and researching efforts to stop trafficking of women and girls in Nepal. A website is maintained at

The ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS (AWC) started in 1909 as a women's journalism society at the University of Washington. Today, membership in AWC is open to both women and men in communications careers (e.g., magazine journalism, web design, book and CD-ROM publishing, advertising, and audiovisual production). The organizations website is at


aims to "promote significant minority achievement in engineering, science and technology." CCG'S WOMEN OF COLOR: A MULTICULTURAL EVENT, presents awards in the areas of government and defense as well as health, science, and technology:

The CENTRE FOR MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND OVULATION RESEARCH (CeMCOR) does not focus on infertility and disease, but rather on "women and the physiological, natural changes in their menstrual cycles." A "virtual center," CeMCOR was founded and is directed by Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior and has a scientific advisory council of researchers in gynecology, nutrition, sociology, epidemiology, psychology, and endocrinology; the team includes the well-known Dr. Susan Love. CeMCOR's website at offers a number of short, informative articles for laypeople, including one titled "Perimenopause: The Ovaries' Frustrating Grand Finale."

DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES WITH WOMEN FOR A NEW ERA (DAWN), made up of representatives from countries as far apart as Sri Lanka, Norway, and Brazil (among others), does research and advocacy on "the political economy of globalization," "sexual and reproductive health and rights," "political restructuring and social transformation," and "sustainable livelihoods." DAWN, a participant in the January 2003 World Social Forum, is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and other agencies, and offers many publications at its website:

ESCAPE: THE PROSTITUTION PREVENTION PROJECT, based in Minneapolis and run by women who have left the sex trade, seeks above all to use social change to end prostitution and abuse. In the meantime, Escape also works to reduce harm to sex workers--whether or not they wish to or are able to leave the trade--and support their dignity, safety; and rights. The organization's website at has a wealth of resources including studies, news articles, the texts of speeches, and some very hard-hitting survivor testimonies.

GABRIE'L J. ATCHISON PRODUCTIONS is the project of a woman of color and size who has pushed beyond the barriers that keep nonconventional dancers from expressing themselves. Atchison is a writer, has a Ph.D. in women's studies, and is passionate about making the benefits of dance available to all women. See her website at

GIRL ZONE, at, although cluttered with an alarming amount of flashing advertising for makeup, music CDs, opportunities to win money, and services that obtain data about people, offers positive and empowering messages for girls: see for instance, "Ms. KnowBody's" size-accepting remarks and warnings about bulimia and anorexia, and the site authors' promise on the "Who We Are" page: "We will ALWAYS listen to girls. We will always believe that EVERY girl is cool."

GLOBAL STRATEGIES FOR HW PREVENTION offers a CD-ROM with 5,000 pages of information about preventing, diagnosing, and treating HIV in women and children. Entitled WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND HIV: RESOURCES FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT, the CD is available for free, in English, to individuals and groups. For more information, visit


(GTWN), headquartered in Germany, is designed for executive women in the telecommunications industry. The network's website at is rather sparse at present, but does include a few past newsletter articles, including one on mentoring.

GRRLSTORIES was started by Pulitzer-winning photographer Joanna Pinneo, who has done substantial work on girls' coming-of-age experiences. Along with Susan Osborne, Corinne Platt, and Janet Salmons, she produces a website,, that adolescent girls as well as their parents, teachers, and advisors can use to explore important issues such as body image, teen pregnancy, gang involvement, religion, disability, peer pressure, and getting along (or not) with parents. One very nice feature of the site is its separate set of activities that a girl can use on her own to reflect on the four case studies that are presented.

The INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR GENDER MEDIA WATCHDOGS "provides information on all groups that undertake gender watchdog activities. These activities include media monitoring, activism, education, information, etc." Listed organizations range from Albania's Women's Information and Documentation Centre to the U.S.A.'s Columbia Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity; See

IPAS--"a non-profit agency improving women's lives by focusing on reproductive health"--offers a website in English, Spanish, and Portuguese at The organization, which has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America, seeks to promote women's reproductive rights, improve access to safe elective abortion and post-abortion care, and supply safe and effective technologies to reproductive health care providers.

KILDEN--the Norwegian word for "source"--is the name of the Norwegian Information and Documentation Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research. The center offers several periodicals and other support for researchers, and has a website: the address for the English version is

LAMBDA ISTANBUL (website at describes itself as "a liberation group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in Turkey" that grew out of resistance to police opposition in 1993. Lambda Istanbul links to the (non-English) site of one specifically lesbian Turkish group, SAPPHO'NUN KIZLARI (

LEADING INDICATORS, a site (and a company?) owned by a former Victoria's Secret fashion director and apparently dedicated to publicizing news and trends about women and business, offers two free emailed newsletters: COMPASS ("tracks American women in an international world") and BUSINESS MATTERS ("delivering key marketing and design news, with a focus on women consumers"). Find out more or sign up at


(OLOC) battles ageism and strives to empower lesbians who are over the age of sixty. The group's website at includes a call for lesbians to submit oral "herstories" of women over seventy, "so that the struggles they experienced and the courage they exemplified will not be lost to coming generations or to lesbians who are living lives in the first decades of this century." Articles from OLOC's newsletter are also online; the most recent address important Medicare and Social Security issues.

Do you do research on single women? Join the SCHOLARS OF SINGLE WOMEN NETWORK, which is building a website of resources at and offers a listserv to its 100+ members.

The Inter-Press Service (IPS) News Agency has an e-zine on gender and human rights, called SHAAN ONLINE, at, with many headlines about HIV/AIDS and other sexual-health issues. Unfortunately, the site appears not to have been updated since January 2002, and some of the articles themselves have no dates; nor is the tide's acronym spelled out anywhere.

"We're not chicks, babes, girls, or even grrls--we're women, and we're okay with being women," writes Don Smith, the publisher of the website/periodical WISE-WOMEN,, "a world-wide, online community of web designers, developers and programmers." Men, though, are equally welcome to join Wise-Women, as are women or men who are new to the technology. The group and its site and discussion lists are definitely feminist, where feminism means respect, equality, warmth, community, and avoidance of violence (i.e., "flaming"). And not all the articles are "techie"--see, for instance, an archived piece by Bonnie Bucqueroux called "Have Women Websters Achieved Equality on the Internet?"

WOMEN ARTISTS IN CANADA (LES FEMMES ARTISTES DU CANADA) is an online collection of the digitized works of some 200 artists, from Gisela Amantea to Malgorzata Zurakowska and from pastel painting to video installation. Also included are artist statements and an extensive bibliography. See it at waic/collection.htm

The work of the WOMEN OF COLOR RESOURCE CENTER (WCRC), whose website is at, addresses racial justice, the global economy, and girls' issues. WCRC's newsletter, Sister to Sister/S2S, is available to members, and other publications are sold on the site.

Similar to Wise-Women (see above) in some of its technical offerings (e.g., how-to's and tricks for using particular software) but different in that membership on its list is only for women and only for professional web designers is the WOMEN DESIGNER'S GROUP, which maintains a site at

WOMEN & THE ECONOMY, accessible at, is a project of the United Nations Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC) in Manitoba, Canada. The site's material ranges from a simple introduction to economics and a discussion of globalization--with emphasis on how women are affected--to proposals for alternative economic measures, such as the GPI ("genuine progress index"). Quotations from feminist economist Marilyn Waring and others appear in the margins of the pages.

The website for the British organization WOMEN IN PUBLISHING, introduced in this column several years ago, has a new home at, and the group has a new email address:

The International Committee for the Red Cross offers a special WOMEN AND WAR section on its website, at, that includes a photo gallery, key documents, video clips, and news about the effects of war on women worldwide. Click on "Advanced Search," then select "Women and War" from the drop-down menu under "Subject."

The WOMEN'S CAUCUS FORTHE MODERN LANGUAGES (WCML), an allied organization of the Modern Language Association, has a new website at Among other offerings is the group's email discussion list (click on the "Listserv" link).

"We provide the latest information on how women's lives in the developing world are being changed by U.S. programs and policies," says the description on the website for WOMEN'S EDGE: THE COALITION FOR WOMEN'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL EQUALITY ( The organization also "works to bring the voices of women from the developing world to U.S. policy makers and regularly collaborates with women's organizations from other nations." Among other offerings at the site are proceedings from past Women's EDGE conferences, such as "Women's Lives in the World Economy III: Free Trade in the Americas."

"A nationwide online resource for women and girls living with or escaping domestic violence," the WOMEN'S LAW INITIATIVE (WLI) at offers information, by state, for understanding issues and dealing with court processes (for instance, how to get a restraining order in Wisconsin). WLI was started two years ago by "a group of lawyers, teachers, activists, and web designers interested in seeing the powers of the internet work for more disadvantaged people." Some of the funding for the project has come from the Bank of America Foundation and the Glaser Progress Foundation.

The current focus of the WOMEN'S LEARNING PARTNERSHIP FOR RIGHTS, DEVELOPMENT, AND PEACE (WLP), which maintains a website at, is on empowering women in Muslim societies. WLP's site offers facts and figures about the status of women worldwide, the texts of international treaties and covenants addressing women's and children's rights, publications about creating peace, and more.

The WOMEN'S STUDIES CENTER in Jerusalem, formed in 1989, is "an independent, Palestinian, non-governmental organization that strives for the realization of the principle of equality between women and men." One of the Center's many current projects is to help Arab women writers develop their skills and publish their work. The organization's website at is accessible in Arabic and English.

The WOMYN SUPPORTING WOMYN CENTER (WSWC) is a lesbian-rights organization, based in Quezon City, The Philippines, that maintains a website at, publishes a quarterly magazine called Switchboard, and offers "trainings, discussions, and education sessions on topics related to sexuality and gender." Unfortunately, distracting pop-up ads from the Web host and resource-sucking graphic effects impede easy exploration.


BLACK AMERICAN FEMINISM: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY BIBLIOGRAPHY, compiled by librarian Sherri Barnes of UC--Santa Barbara, is up and running at Barnes, who is also the author of "African American/Black/Womanist Feminism on the Web," a review in Feminist Collections v.23, no.1 ( m), writes that her new work is "an effort to combat the erasure of Black feminist subjectivity and thought through the promotion and use of the literature for the general public, students, scholars and life-long learners seeking information on African American feminism and African American feminist interpretations of a broad range of issues." She aims to update the bibliography quarterly.

Available online in PDF format, from the U.K.'S Institute of Development Studies, are a number of new BRIDGE reports (the D and G seem to stand for "Development and Gender"), including the following titles:

GENDER AND HIV/AIDS and GENDER AND CULTURAL CHANGE, both published in 2002 and accessible from



The University of Maryland's EARLY MODERN WOMEN DATABASE, at, "provides links to World Wide Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period ca. 1500 to ca. 1800. Resources have been selected for their scholarly value by librarians on the Arts and Humanities Team of the University of Maryland Libraries. Materials range from bibliographic databases to full-text resources, images, and sound recordings. Most of the resources...are free. Some require a license for access."

Michael Flood's MEN'S BIBLIOGRAPHY is in its tenth edition, with some 1500 new references, and has a new Web home at

ON CAMPUS WITH WOMEN, newsletter produced for many years by the AAC&U's (Association of American Colleges and Universities) Program on the Status and Education of Women, has gone online at The first three of the electronic issues will look at the academic effects of Title IX, which had its thirtieth anniversary in 2002.

RURAL WOMENAND DEVELOPMENT, a guidebook/database from The Dimitra Project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, lists more than 800 programs or projects and as many relevant publications:

SHARING KNOWLEDGE TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, the final consensus report of a project by NOVIB-Oxfam (Netherlands Organisation for International Development Co-operation, an Oxfam member), the IIAV (International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement, based in Amsterdam), and Isis International--Manila, is available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese at

From the NOW (National Organization for Women) Foundation, an examination of popular programming on broadcast television networks: WATCH OUI LISTEN UP! 2002 FEMINIST PRIMETIME REPORT. Read the summary and download the full report in PDF format from this URL:

WOMEN IMMIGRANTS, 1945 TO THE PRESENT, by Eleanore O. Hofstetter, is an electronic update to the author's print publication Women in Global Migration, 1945-2000: A Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 2001, $99.95). The online update at currently contains 1200 entries and is accessible alphabetically and also under the following categories: demography, economics, education, general, health and medicine, law and government policy, personal narratives, religion, and sociology.


MF-WOMEN: "Open forum for discussion of issues related to women living in mountain environments. We also welcome general news and announcements related to women and mountains, including calendar events, new publications, research or project descriptions, job announcements, and questions for the subscriber group." To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to: For more information, visit

NGOWOMEN@GENDERIT.ORG: an online discussion list for women in information and communication technology, started by a group that is preparing for the World Summit on the Information Society. For more information, send email to Mavic Cabrera-Balleza of Isis International--Manila:

SINGLE-W@MEDUSANET.CA: the listserv of the Scholars of Single Women Network (described above under "World Wide Websites"). To join, compose a blank email message (no signatures please) to with "subscribe" in the subject line.

WORKING CLASS WOMEN IN ACADEME: "This new discussion forum is intended as a space to discuss issues and experiences that are of particular interest to women, and a space where working-class women who are new to a higher ed environment can feel like they belong." Women who want to subscribe should send email either to or to teryg93@COMCAST.NET, including their name, institution, and how they found out about the list.
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