Workers by Self-Design: Digital Literacies and Women’s Changing Roles in Unstable Environments

Issued: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:44:00 BST

The second knowledge-exchange meeting of the SFC - GCRF funded CR&DALL project ‘Workers by Self-Design: Digital Literacies and Women’s Changing Roles in Unstable Environments’ was held in the Philippines between 29th and 31st May 2019. This networking opportunity provided valuable space for discussing a potential research agenda on women’s engagement with entrepreneurial activities and digital literacy in the Global South. Considerable attention was given to methodological and ethical considerations for future grant applications.

Led by Dr Lavinia Hirsu (University of Glasgow), the network partners met in the Bayleaf Hotel in Manila.  Present at the meeting were the Filipino team (Prof. Zenaida Q. Reyes, Asst. Prof. Juvy Lizette Gervacio, Atty. Marion Ivy Decena & Dr Rebecca Marquez), Iranian team (Lamiah Hashemi, Seyed Taher Hosseini & Farzad Eskandari) and the UK team (Dr Lavinia Hirsu, Dr Kasia Borkowska & Dr Jennifer Rode). Also, Dr Ghaith Fariz, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States joined the network and shared his expertise on designing and implementing a project about using ITC in promoting literacy among marginalised girls and women in Egypt.

As a part of the knowledge-exchange meeting the network members were introduced to the Philippine Government’s ‘One Town One Product’ initiative that supports and enables communities of small towns to develop and promote their own flagship product. Network partners visited Liliw town (in Laguna Province, the Philippines) that is well-known for their shoe production where the local female entrepreneur shared her experiences (including challenges) of running a shoe factory. 

A one-day public forum that aimed at promoting the network and its research focus, took place at the Philippines Open University (UPOU) in Laguna, Los Banos. The event was opened by Dr Primo Garcia, the Dean of the UPOU. The ‘Workers by Self-Design’ network and its importance for promoting gender equality was introduced by Dr Lavinia Hirsu. The wide ranging presentations from academics and successful female entrepreneurs brought together academic and non-academic audiences that share an interest in women’s transitions into workplace, entrepreneurship and digital literacies. The event was streamed online

The knowledge-exchange meeting was closed with clear ideas for continued collaboration and an impact-orientated research schedule.

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