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The Beijing Platform for Action Meets the World Summit on the Information Society

13. WSIS GENDER ADVOCACY GROUPS

This multi-stakeholder caucus was formed during the African Regional Preparatory Conference in Bamako, Mali, May 2002. The caucus afirms its support for WSIS and commits its work towards the goals of WSUS by sharing information and ideas on strategies for including gender equality goals and ensuring women's p[articipation in the WSIS process.

The WSIS Gender Caucus includes men and women from National Governments, Interntional Government Agencies, UN Specialized Agencies and the UN System, Civil Society organizations and the Private Sector.

Facilitator: Gillian Marcelle at email: <gmarcelle@yahoo.com>
Listserve: <wsis-gendercaucus@wougnet.org>
Website: <http://www.wougnet.org/WSIS/wsisgc.html>

Formed during the first WSIS PrepCom in July 2002 in Geneva as one of the Sub-Committees of the Civil Society Cordinating Group, the NGO Gender Strategies Group is currently composed of the African Women's Development and Communications Network (FemNet), Agencia Latino Americana del Informacion, Association for Progressive Communications/Women's Network Support Programme, Internatoinal Women's Tribune Centre, and Isis International/Manila. Participation by other interested NGO groups and individuals is warmly welcomed.

GSWG has the following objectives:

1. To share information on different activities around WSIS and other discussion spaces on gender and ICT particularly those pertaining to NGO women's initiatives.

2. To develop women's lobbying positions and strategies around WSIS within the civil society formations and to bring in the civil society input to the multi-stakeholder gender caucus discussions.

3. To share strategies, reosurces as well as regular updates from civil society organizations to ensure women's participation in civil society activities and NGO women's participation in the governmental and intergovernmental processes.

4. To create a platform for strategizing and organizing various forms of women's particiation in the different gender and ICT fora.

Facilitators: Karen Banks <karenb@apc.org>& Mavic Cabrera Balleza <mavic@isiswomen.org>
Listserve: <ngowomen@genderIT.org>
Website: <http://www.genderIT.org>

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