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

7. CONNECTING WSIS ICT POLICY WITH DECISION-MAKING IN THE BPFA

BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

1 Ensure that women have equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision-making.

2 Increase women's ability to participate in decision-making and leadership.

ICT POTENTIAL:

Women are using emails, chats, online conferences and cell phones to express their opinions and demands on a rang of issues at global and local levels. As an interactive tool, ICTs increase women participation in all aspects of their lives.

Building e-learning and e-commerce opportunities for women allows greater participation in the decision-making process, at both local and international levels.

Computers located in public spaces are used to email public officials, giving suggestions, complaining and presenting point of view in any issue. Women become part of the decision-making process.

WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS

(In the Preamble to the WSIS Declaration)

Women's empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision-making process and access to power, are fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace.

(In the WSIS Plan of Action)

Ensure representation of women at all levels of ICT-related policy and decision-making processes within governments, the private sector and civil society.

Include women as leaders and decision-makers in all planning processes for the Summit.

Encourage the participation of women as members of national delegations and representatives of civil society and business by setting targets for delegations to include at least 30 percent women including gender and ICT experts.

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