November 17-18 2003, India: South Asian Regional Consultations on “Gender in Information Age”

The WSIS Gender Caucus and Datamation Foundation—an Indian Civil Society Organization are organizing a South-Asian Regional and Indian Consultations on “Gender in Information Age”. These Consultations will take place over on 17 and 18 November 2003.


These Regional and National Consultations for articulating and working on various aspects of gender issues in the context of the Information Age have the immediate and specific goals of influencing the processes and outcomes of the WSIS at Geneva as well as the outlook, policy and activity of the Indian governments. However, it will be a continuing process over a broad agenda. We expect to have made substantial generic and specific impact by the time the second phase of the WSIS takes place in Tunis in 2005. The Consultations are intended to be “focused” and “outcome” based; even though the Regional and Indian Organizers have the enormous challenge of educating their Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society and the people in general about WSIS.


This Consultation was organised by Datamation, an Indian Civil Society Organisation, in partnership with the following Indian Government Ministries: Communications and Information Technology (MC&IT), Department of Administrative Reforms & Personnel Grievances (AR&PG), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Women and Child Development (WCD), Planning Commission, Ministry of Family Welfare & Health, as well as UNESCO; UNIFEM; ILO; Centre for Women Development Studies (CWDS), S.N.D.T Women’s University and the WSIS Gender Caucus.


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Read 19 November 2003 Press Release here.

Read 11 November 2003 Press Release here.

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November 6 2003, UK: Gender and the World Summit on Information Society

On November 6 2003, members of the DTI invited representatives from the Civil Society sector to discuss their concerns about the representation of gender issues in the WSIS process.


Amongst the attendees were:

Civil Society: Valerie Evans (NAWO/EWL), Rosario Gracia-Luque (WSIS GC and humanITy), Njeri Matenjwa and Diana Mercorios (ABANTU)


Government: Paul Alexander, Natalie Davies and Jean -Jacques Sahel from the DTI, Margaret Batty, Liz Chennells, Patricia Karlinger and Marina Laudazi from the Women and Equality Unit.


Paul Alexander reinforced the idea of the importance of the multistakeholder nature of this process. The UK delegation was very much interested in providing a forum for discussion and means of consultation for the Civil Society and the Business sector so that their points of view could be appropriately represented at the project. Read more...

October 17 2003, Belgrade, Serbia: Press Release, ROUND TABLE – “GENDER AND WSIS”

Over the past decade the political and economic situation the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has been crisis-ridden. The aftermath of the war has led to an enormous brain drain and a general lack of resources. Much of the burden are carried particularly by women in their personal and family lives. The situation is worsened by the digital divide and limited access to information.


How do we empower women and bridge the gendered digital divide remains an important question. Worldwide efforts to enable equal opportunities for all will be discussed at the impending World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), which is being held under the high patronage of Koffi Annan, UN Secretary-General.


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Final Reports:

Serbia and Montenegro Round Table Report

This document reports on the Round Table discussions on strategies for gender inclusion in Serbia and Montenegro that was held on 17 October 2003.


This document outlines the recommendations to the WSIS of the Serbia and Montenegro Round Table.

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October 2-3 2003, Buenos Aires: Gender & ICTs in Latin America, WSIS & Beyond

The UNESCO Regional Chair Women Science and Technology held a workshop with Latin American colleagues from 7 countries (Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Bazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia ), in Buenos Aires, October 2-3, 2003. This workshop is part of the Working Plan of the Steering Committee; WSIS Gender Caucus, UN.


We will discuss the results of the PC 3 and of an on line consultation we developed in our web site from 14 to 24, July 2003. Our goal is to strategize future actions at the national, regional and international level and strengthen our networks and coordinate the participation of Latin American women in WSIS, Geneva, December 2003.


Final Reports:

Espanol Report

Report on the LAC consultation in Spanish.

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July 14-24 2003, Online Consultation: Gender & ICTs in Latin America: WSIS & Beyond…

The UNESCO Regional Chair Women Science and Technology organized an on line consultation: Gender & ICTs in Latin America: World Summit of the Information Society and Beyond… Participants : 32 Latin American colleagues from 9 countries (Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela).

May 5-7 2003, Kampala, Uganda: Kampala Declaration, Africa Launch of the Digital Diaspora Initiative

African women entrepreneurs face major constraints in accessing ICT. However, in various parts of Africa women are starting to use ICTs to improve the quality of their productive activities. A few African women entrepreneurs and civil society leaders, working both in Africa and abroad, have shown through their own experiences that the access and use of ICTs can be indeed a very powerful tool for economic and personal empowerment. These experiences indicate the vast potential for exploring opportunities for poor women in the new economy. In particular, ICTs present great opportunities for technology transfer between African IT entrepreneurs and professionals in the Diaspora.


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