Gender and ICT
Authors: Angela M. Kuga Thas, Chat Garcia Ramilo and Cheekay Cinco
Foreword by Noeleen Heyzer
© UNDP-APDIP, Elsevier, 2007, 65 pages
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Getting access to ICT potentially offers
a number of benefits for women. Through ICT many women have gained
access to valuable information they wouldn’t have gained otherwise.
Technology is however, not neutral to the context it is being applied
in. Where ICT has been perceived to be gender neutral the ICT sector
still remains primarily a male domain. Although women are starting to
use ICT for a variety of purposes, women are mainly viewed as consumers
of ICT. This e-Primer examines why it is necessary also to view women
as ICT producers, developers and decision makers, in order to ensure
further equal participation of women in the Information Society.
the importance of integrating a gender perspective as a cross-cutting
area in ICT and development, this e-Primer provides a gender
perspective on issues of ICT policies, access and control, education,
training and skill development, and content development. Furthermore,
the e-Primer introduces a framework to integrate gender in ICT for
development and to empower women.
This e-Primer also contains
policy recommendations for creating inclusive development strategies
and how to integrate a gender perspective into national ICT policies.
publication is jointly produced by UNDP Asia-Pacific Development
Information Programme (APDIP) and the Association for Progressive
Communications Women’s Networking Support Program (APC WNSP).
publication is part of the series of e-Primers for the Information
Economy, Society and Polity. This series details the concepts, issues
and trends surrounding the information economy, society and polity. It
intends to raise awareness and help policy makers and planners
understand the relevance of ICT for development, by explaining
technical jargon in simple terms.