Our Mission

We envision a global network committed to understanding gender as it impacts and is impacted by race, ethnicity, language, ableness, and sexual orientation within an educational context. Our aim is to collaborate on the design and use of technology to build strong bridges that enable all to learn, to improve education and employment, and to increase the capacity of women and men to contribute to, and gain from peaceful societies.

We seek to create a safe space that connects, informs, and mobilizes people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and human rights. Within this framework, the Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute focuses on: sustaining gender-healthy schooling; developing technology as a tool for empowerment; eliminating of all forms of gendered violence; increasing opportunities for economic independence for women and men; and deepening our understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, ableness, sexual orientation, and other components of identity.

Values and Principles

We envision a world where our differences are embraced, understood, and appreciated. We believe in the worth of each individual and work to create respectful interactions among all people.

We believe that:

  • Differences in language, culture, and background are to be respected.
  • Everyone has something to offer and has the right to the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Every individual should have equitable access to the benefits of technology, education, and employment and that equitable outcome are an important indicator of successful intervention.
  • The proper use of appropriate technology, together with a respect for social context, can facilitates positive change and empower individuals and groups.
  • Individuals and groups have the right to define needs and solutions that are most appropriate for them.
  • Reflective practice and participatory research supports this process.
  • Democratic systems are closely linked to the empowerment of individuals and groups at the local level.