BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:
1 Promote and protect the human rights of women
by putting into effect all human rights instruments, especially
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW).
2 Ensure that women have equal rights and are
not discriminated against either under law or in practice.
3 Achieve legal literacy.
Women in countries with repressive regime are
using the internet to make known to the outside world violations
of their human rights.
ICTs are being used by women to facilitate
the communication among organizations, thus empowering the networks
that work to ensure that women have equal rights.
Women are using ICTs to gain access to legal
information (law and other legal instruments, new legislation
and legal recourse and accountability procedures) thus enabling
them to discuss human rights issues with authority.
WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE
WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS
Protect women's human rights against on-line
sexual exploitation and gender-based violence without compromising
women's rights to information and communication.
Encourage the corporate sector to eliminate
violation of women's rights on-line.
Observe human rights standards in content production
and usage of ICTs.
Promote women's rights to expression and communication
through the use of ICTs.
Encourage internet service providers to undertake
self-regulatory efforts to minimize pornography, trafficking and
all forms of gender-based violence on-line by re-examining their
own editorial/ user policies from a gender perspective
Develop reporting mechanisms to monitor progress
towards gender equality in the ICT area.