Thank you for engaging with our blog, #ShoutingBack: Using technology to #ShoutBack for gender equality. #ShoutingBack is a joint project of three students in the Malmo University Communication for Development New Media, ICT and Development course.

Here, we discuss a wide range of issues about ICT for Development (ICT4D) and participatory media approaches to development in the context of gender equality. Development in our discussions does not focus on processes in the Global South but on a global development towards gender equality expressed through local actions. Read reflections on our blog

Since this blog should be participatory in itself, we welcome everyone to contribute and share related stories and experiences in our Public Voices page.

You are invited to comment on, give feedback and tell us your opinion about posts you find on our blog. You can also find us on Facebook.

Read more about us and our external contributors below.

Eleni Maria Rozali is a freelance marketing and social media manager who services for clients in the retail and tourism sector. She is an avid follower of issues regarding and , and keeps a blog. She currently resides in Athens, Greece.


JW07f_1785web 2Jenn Warren provides photography, communications and Communication for Development services for a range of humanitarian and development clients, and leads photography and communications workshops for youth and professionals. These days, she spends much of her time with the Sport for Development organisation, Grassroot Soccer, in Cape Town, South Africa.

IMG_0904Laura Saxer has a background in Political Science and Global Studies focusing on environmental sustainable development and is currently involved with different academic assignments. With her studies in Communication for Development, Laura aims to link and expand on issues that she is working with while getting to know more journalistic approaches of/about development. She is currently living in Gothenburg, Sweden.


External Contributors

Ana_photoAna Zanotti is a social anthropologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, in particular with her documentary series ESCENAS DE LA VIDA EN EL BORDE, portraying cross-cultural encounters in a region of tri-national boundaries. Ana leads workshops on documentary research and filmmaking, as well as intensive laboratories in Spain (CIC-Bata, Andalusia, 2008, 2009, 2011). She has a Masters in ComDev from Malmö Högskola.

Athi_YoungLeaderAthiphila Sidondi is a RV United First Division football player, Team Captain and Grassroot Soccer Master Coach. She coaches adolescent girls as part of a sports intervention focussing on gender equality and HIV awareness. Football has always been a passion for Athi, despite growing up in Khayelitsha where women were pushed off the field by their male peers. RV United recently won the SASOL League Coca-Cola Cup with Athi in the lead.

B.JallovBirgitte Jallov is the Director of EMPOWERHOUSE, with more than 35 years of professional experience from work in over 60 countries and 250 projects and programmes. Her areas of expertise include media development, community radio, strategic communication, evaluation and impact assessments, research, facilitation and teaching, in sectors such as civil society and women’s rights and gender.

fixingpickles_1406564111_15Heather Gwaltney, writer and director known for the documentary Ageless (2014), has been practicing Communications for nearly 20 years – working for communications agencies, large corporations and non-profits. Heather has written and produced for print, web and video, and taught communications at George Mason University. She studied Dialogue and Listening as part of obtaining her Masters Degree in Organisational Development and has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.

Sony_DSC_2701webSonwabise (Sony) Dick is a RV United First Division football player and Grassroot Soccer Mentor Coach. She coaches adolescent girls as part of a sports intervention focussing on gender equality and HIV awareness. Sony was born in the Eastern Cape, and grew up in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s largest townships. She holds a diploma in PR and Marketing, and is working towards her Bachelors degree in Communications.

image1Yamkela Nqweniso was born and raised in Khayelitsha, and is a graduate of the Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ Street programme for adolescent girls. Yamkela sees a strong need for HIV and gender equality programmes in her community, and is passionate about supporting young women to gain confidence and make healthy decisions. She is a dedicated volunteer at the Grassroot Soccer centre, a RV United football player, and an aspiring journalist.


Header image: With the work of Eric de Barros taking centre stage, we combined gender and technology images with word art pictures using keywords such as ICT4D, Gender Equality, Feminism and ComDev, with the aim of representing the #ShoutingBack theme in a conceptual and visually appealing way.

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