BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:
1 Include more women in decision-making aimed
at resolving armed conflict, and
protect women living in situations of armed conflict or foreign
2 Reduce military spending and control the availability
of war weapons.
3 Promote non-violent forms of conflict resolution
and reduce human rights
abuses in conflict situations.
4 Encourage women's contribution to developing
a culture of peace.
Women war survivors are using the virtual (safe
space) offered by the internet to meet, communicate and share
their experiences as a healing strategy as well as to access to
information relevant to rebuilding their lives.
Women are using ICTs to access information from
country records and fact finding missions, government plans, and
policy proposals in order to identify opportunities for strategic
intervention in the conflict resolution process and to better
inform their participation.
Women are expressing their opposition to war
through online organizing techniques, including virtual marches,
campaigns and petitions. Such approaches increase the numbers
of participants and intensify the volume of protests.
WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE
WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS
The current WSIS framework and premises do not
address peace and security questions and the role of the information
society in building an environment that enhances the possibility
of world peace, human rights and democracy. Peace is inextricably
linked to goals of equality and development.
We cannot hope for an information society that
promotes the highest values of human kind if we do not address
meaningfully the ways in which information and communications
channels, including the media, can be harnessed in service of
peace, and in strong opposition to wars.