Working to ensure that gender equality and women’s rights are integrated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
The WSIS Gender Caucus is a multi-stakeholder group consisting of women and men from national governments, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the United Nations system. The strategic objective of the WSIS-Gender Caucus is to ensure that gender equality and women’s rights are integrated into WSIS and its outcome processes.
The WSIS Gender Caucus was formed during the African regional preparatory conference (Bamako 2002), which took place in Mali from 25-30th May 2002. The WSIS- Gender Caucus commits to work towards the goals of the WSIS by sharing information and ideas on strategies for including gender equality goals and ensuring women’s participation in the WSIS process and follow-up programmes.
The WSIS-Gender Caucus affirms its support for the objectives of WSIS and reiterates its view that integrating gender equality issues are a critical means as well as a goal in creating a World Information Society that supports and promotes human development and improvement in quality of life. We believe that if there is appropriate attention paid to gender equality and women's perspectives, the World Information Society will benefit by facilitating the inclusion of women's leadership, communication styles and values. These perspectives will add richly to the concept of a World Information Society and enable the achievement of operational goals. Without a gender dimension, ICTs will not serve human development needs.
To ensure that gender perspectives and women’s rights are taken seriously as core principles in the planning and preparation for the WSIS, the WSIS-Gender Caucus urges all stakeholders, in planning the preparatory processes, the Summit, and the follow-up programmes, to:
The WSIS-Gender Caucus looks forward to working with all stakeholders to implement these recommendations.
Formation group of the WSIS-Gender caucus at 30th May included:
The WSIS Gender Caucus now has more than 100 registered participants on its list serve including individuals, NGO representatives, government representatives, academicians and researchers, consultants, private sector companies and international organisations, including persons from the following organisations:
For more information contact the WSIS-Gender Caucus at [email protected].
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Building on commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action 1995.
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