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

8. CONNECTING WSIS ICT POLICY WITH INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS

BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

1 Create or strengthen national machineries and other governmental bodies.

2 Include a gender perspective in laws, public policies, programmes and projects.

3 Ensure that statistics are collected, compiled and presented by gender for planning and evaluation purposes.

ICT POTENTIAL:

Women are using community networking (local computer-based system), to share information, knowledge, and experience amongst each other in such a way that the existing organizations in the community are strengthened.

Women are going online to collect, compile and access statistical data and to mobilize campaigns for disaggregated data on issues of common concern.

Rural radio broadcasting programs, combined with cell phones, are enabling women with minimum reading and writing abilities and living in remote areas to connect with government offices to request/demand services.

WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS

Strengthen national machineries for the advancement of women, particularly through increased financial resources and technical expertise that can facilitate their advocacy role and collaborative action amongst government bodies.

Make mandatory the collection and accessibility of sex-disaggregated data and the development of gender-sensitive indicators in the access, use and impact of ICTs.

Ensure that planning for, and implementation of e-governance is gender-responsive.

Support the strategic use of traditional and new ICTs to strengthen women's networking initiatives and community-based activities that defend the rights of women to participate equally in civil and public life.

Include content about women and gender issues in all official Government websites in addition to those websites that specifically cover gender equality issues. National machineries for the advancement of women should be financed and able to maintain their own websites in addition to supplying gender equity content for all government websites.

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