This theme is to explore the gaps between different international
conventions and documents that address women’s rights and communication
rights, and how we can find connections for policy advocacy. For
- How can we use the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) particularly through Section 5
that deals with sex role stereotyping and prejudice, or Section J of
the Beijing Platform for Action that deals with women and the media, to
hold governments accountable for national action plans that is
conscious of gender in the media and ICTs? How can we make this
connection through surfacing the link between ICTs and VAW?
- How have ICTs and the debate around information societies through
ICTs dealt with the issue of gender? Who is involved, and where is the
primacy of women’s rights in its deliberations? Particularly in light
of the World Summit on Information Society that is happening in Tunis
in November this year, and the regional preparatory meetings that is
currently underway, are women’s rights advocates even aware of these
global platforms and events? What is the level of engagement? If there
is a gap, why?
- What about the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)? Do they
address the connections between development, poverty, information and
VAW? Are they sufficient? With the seemingly narrowing of civil society
spaces in global processes and platforms, as well as the emphasis on
MDGs, how would this affect women’s movements that work on VAW issues
as well as media and communcations, with particular attention to the
dimension of ICTs?
- What kinds of recommendations can we make in relation to our
different engagement with these different processes, instruments and
platforms that is able to vocalise and suface a solid and urgent need
for connecting ICTs, media and communications with VAW?