'The Nominet Internet Awards celebrate the very best of British excellence'
Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet
We are delighted and honoured to announce that Safe World for Women has been shortlisted by Nominet - a leading internet registry company - as a finalist for their 'doing good online' Internet Award!
Oxford-based internet company Nominet is best known for running the UK domain infrastructure. Nominet is a private, not-for-profit organisation, with over 2,800 members and are committed to acting in the public interest.
The internet has opened the doors of communication between women throughout the world - and the men who offer their support. There is of course still a very long way to go - with two-thirds of the planet's population still without regular access to the internet, and with most of these unconnected global citizens being women.
It is however, encouraging that so much can be achieved via the internet - with coordination from the ground.
Safe World for Women has Field Partners working at the grassroots in many countries throughout the developing world. Though the members and beneficiaries rarely have internet access, each group has a representative who is able to send us news for publication, including quotes from the beneficiaries, so that these women and children are given a voice.
When we are successful in raising funds for our Field Partners, the recipients can feel quite overawed to realise that people around the world know about them and care about them. Such as when a delivery of sewing machines arrived for COFAPRI members in a rural mountain village of DR Congo, having been carried several miles along narrow forest paths:
‘Those people who help us are very good; they don’t know us, but now they help. God bless them." - Mushagalusa Ezéchiel - COFAPRI member in rural DR Congo.
Last year, we were able to take the voices of some of our Field Partners to the United Nations in Geneva, when our founder was presented with the Katerva Award and we were invited to show a video about our work.
So this year, we will be heading off to London for Nominet's 'black tie' event and, as always, we will be taking the chance to tell the world about our grassroots partners. Our Field Partners are key to our work and ethos.
"I believe that locally-based groups are best-placed to implement sustainable projects in a culturally-sensitive, inclusive, and empowering way.
"I am extremely hopeful that such prestigious recognition for Safe World for Women represents a major step forwards for the whole women's movement - and especially for the grassroots women we seek to represent."
Chris Crowstaff, Founder of Safe World for Women.
Sources and Resources
- Nominet Internet Awards 2014
- The Internet gap is wider than you think | The Daily Dot
- Doubling Digital Opportunities - Enhancing the inclusion of women and girls in the information society - A report by the Broadband Commission on Broadband and Gender - UNESCO
- BBC's Liliane Landor: 'There is no fair representation of women' | by Emine Saner | The Guardian
- Women's representation in media: who's running the show? | The Guardian Datablog
- Women and Power - What's the Problem? | The Fawcett Society
- Women in Parliament | Inter-Parliamentary Union
- About COFAPRI
- About AWARE Uganda
- Women as Leaders - by Chris Crowstaff