Isis International promotes the perspectives, critical engagements and advocacy strategies of women in the global South. We seek to develop and promote Southern feminist analysis to guide the work of women’s movements in the various sites of engagement in community, national, regional and global levels, including United Nations (UN) ) with Isis’ Special Consultative Status of Category II at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Independent and Community Media
In response to globalised corporate media and its market-driven and profit oriented paradigms, Isis International promotes and practices empowering strategies for development communications and information, as embodied in community and independent media. For example, Isis led in the drafting of a Gender Policy for Community Radio, adopted by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
Social movements can learn from and strengthen each other through the path towards achieving their goals. Isis International believes that having continuous dialogue and concerted action between women’s movement and social movements, such as indigenous people’s groups, rural farmers’ groups, human rights and peace groups, and LGBT groups, can foster a deeper understanding of and mainstreaming gender as cross-cutting issues as well as intersecting goals among these various movements.
Women’s access and ownership of ICTs
Isis International believes that individual women can become agents of social change through the empowering capabilities of communication and information. Beyond information dissemination, Isis proactively engages in building women’s organisations and feminist movements’ capacities to produce and reproduce knowledge. Isis is also involved in policy intervention on the information society and in the democratisation of access to and ownership of ICTs. Isis also promotes the use of free open source software.