FEMNET’s Gender and Development Resource Centre is a special library which acquires, processes and disseminates information resources on diverse women issues, be it social, political and economic issues, plus other closely related subjects.
- To collect and maintain up-date information on women issues locally, regionally and internationally.
- To provide resources relating to delivering of the organization’s core programmes.
- To collaborate with other women’s rights organizations through information sharing and exchange of publications.
- To maintain upto date database of women’s organizations for networking purposes.
- To facilitate research and information needs of staff members, FEMNET members and general public.
The Resource Centre has over 5,000 documents. The collection comprises the following:
A) Books and monographs dealing with women’s rights issues and related disciplines. An in-house Special Classification System is used to classify the books in ten core areas: (Armed Conflict; Arts & Culture; Children & the Girl-child; Economy, Trade & Gender Budgeting; Education & Training; Environment, Food Security & Agriculture; Gender Mainstreaming and Feminists Analysis; Health; Human Rights; Media, Communication & ICTs). Books are held in open stocks, so that users can search through for materials directly. Click on the Online Catalogue to view book titles.
B) Reference materials which include standard works such as dictionaries, glossaries, directories, guidebooks , manuals , handbooks, yearbooks, sourcebooks, encyclopaedias on women organizations etc.
C) Periodicals which include journals,newsletters,magazines from local and international organizations dealing with women issues.These are arranged alphabetically according to the organization or country and are held in box files.
D) Special collections : These includes photographs from workshops, seminars and conferences.
E) Audio visual materials : These are videos, CD-ROMS, DVDs on issues ranging from harmful traditional practices affecting women, gender and HIV/AIDS, to women and ICTs. To view a list of some of the current CD/DVDs collection, click
There is an informative collection of DVDs known as “Why Democracy?” This is a must view to understand what democracy means to different people.
F) Grey literature : These are unpublished materials for example, papers or reports presented at seminars, workshops and research reports. These include gender responsive planning and programming workshops.
The materials available in the Resource Centre covers subjects like Human rights, International law, Reproductive health, Economy, Environment, Gender issues, Communication, Armed conflict, Education and Children e.t.c
- Lending services (to paid-up FEMNET members).
- Information and Reference services to the general public.
- Current awareness services through display of current periodicals and announcement of new acquisitions through our publications.
- Publications exchange programme with Women organisations through Africa and beyond.
The Centre undertakes to provide information to outside researchers who may wish to consult it. These include scholars , students, NGOs and other members of the public interested in women issues. Thus members of the public are welcome to make use of the documents available in the Resource Centre. We encourage members of the public to phone or pay us a visit for information.
For one to borrow materials from our Centre one has to be a registered member by paying a minimum fee of $20 for an individual member and $100 for an organization’s membership. This is an annual fee.
NB : Other users may read documents in the space provided in the Resource Centre.
The Centre operates from 9 a.m till 5 p.m from Monday to Thursday. (Except on Fridays and Public Holidays)