The Women’sNet model rests on three pillars, information/content generation linked to networking and capacity building. Examples of how content development has gone hand-in-hand with capacity development of women’s organisations include the work done in preparation of the Violence Against Women site, the human rights site, and the governance site. In the context of building networks for action, this is a tried and tested developmental model for ICT work, and has underpinned all Women’sNet capacity development and content generation activities.
This model ensures the sustainability of Women’sNet and the viability of South African women’s organisations in the long term. Without the engagement with women’s organisations and efforts to build their capacity, content flow to the Women’sNet site could be impeded. As it is, most women’s organisations lack the capacity and resources to use and engage with ICTs without some facilitation by Women’sNet. Women’s organisations’ active participation in content generation supports the organisations’ authenticity and uniqueness.