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Gender Assessments and Research

MEDIA BRIEF: Paddling in Circles while the Waters Rise - Gender Issues in ICTs and Poverty Reduction

By Angela M. Kuga Thas

Can ICTs help reduce poverty? This paper examines poverty from many different angles: from its definition to systemic causes of global poverty, as well as tools used to address poverty. The study is the part of APC WNSP issue papers series on ICTs for women's rights.

Information society: promoting financial mechanisms with a gender equity perspective

By Mayela Freyre Valladolid Latin America

This document is intended to describe the funding strategies of the Information Society (IS) that are currently under discussion at the preliminary meetings of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – Second Phase, which will be held in November 2005 and, from a gender perspective, to tie them into the commitments undertaken through the Goals of the Millennium, the Beijing Action Platform and Funding for Development, among others.

Looking behind the internet: Empowering Women for Public Policy Advocacy in Central America

By Juliana Martínez and Katherine Reilly Central America, Latin America

This research differentiates itself because it focuses on women and policy rather than ICTs. Thus this research is about women's needs and concerns in the real (offline) world and how public information and ICTs can contribute to solutions rather than issues such as women having internet access, or studies regarding their activities on the web.

Missing: Information About Women’s Lives

By National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) North America

The paper highlights four key areas that affect women and girls where priorities have changed, funding has been cut, research findings distorted, important social differences masked, and critical committees and programs dismantled. <br />

Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society

By Helen Hambly Odame, Nancy Hafkin, Gesa Wesseler, and Isolina Boto

The paper explores ICTs in relation to gender, specifically focusing on gender and ICT applications in agricultural and rural development in developing countries.

Case Studies

Video Films: Women & ICT Projects in India

Asia-Pacific, India, South & Central Asia

This page links to two documentary films on women and ICT that were produced in the framework of UNESCO’s pilot project 'Putting ICT in the Hands of the Poor', that are now available online. They examine the information needs of poverty stricken communities in South Asia, with a special focus on gender issues.

Gender and ICTs for development: A global source book

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Five case studies illustrate the different contexts facing gender and ICTs for development, including e-commerce in Bhutan, entrepreneurship by women workers in China, post-war communication using radio and ICTs in Sierra Leone, sustainable fisheries production in Ghana, and information exchange related to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

GraceNet Silicon Valley

GraceNet is a women's network named after Grace Hopper, whose pioneering work in computer programming and cryptography provides inspiration and encouragement for women who work in computing and related fields. This network's mission is "to promote the contributions of women in technology and to leverage the intellectual and creative capital of women."

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development

This Web site provides online guidance and networking about women's ICT-based enterprises in developing countries.


Internet Governance Priorities for Asia Pacific: Summary Analysis of a Regional Survey


UNDP-APDIP conducted a regional survey on Internet governance is part of its efforts to carry out an Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance (ORDIG) in order to make Internet governance more inclusive, development-oriented and responsive to the specific needs of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 1200 participants from all stakeholder groups of over 30 countries in the region took the survey on Internet governance priorities for the Asia-Pacific. This summary analysis of the survey shows the Internet governance priorities of the region.