Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
in cooperation with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
and the United Nations ICT
Task Force Secretariat, is organizing an expert group meeting
(EGM) on "Information and communication technologies and their impact
on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment
of women". The meeting will take place in the Republic of Korea from 11 to 14 November 2002.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW),
as part of its multi-year programme of work for 2002-2006, decided
to consider the topic "Participation and access of women to the
media, and information and communication technologies and their
impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment
of women" as a priority theme at its up-coming session in 2003.
The Commission's deliberations should also serve as a contribution
to the World Summit on the Information
Society (Geneva (2003) and Tunisia (2005)).
expert group meeting will consider the impact of ICT on women and
their use as a tool for the empowerment of women and the promotion
of gender equality. In particular, it will examine ICT as a tool
for women's economic empowerment, for enhancing women's participation
in public life, and for strengthening women's capabilities in the
area of education and health. It will address the challenges and
benefits women encounter with regard to ICT and explore ways to
close the gender-based digital divide. It will develop policy recommendations
and concrete actions to be taken at national, regional and international
levels, and by a variety of actors, that aim at securing the full
benefit of ICT in pursuit of gender equality and the advancement
and empowerment of women.
preparation for the meeting, an on-line
discussion on "Information and communication technologies (ICT)
and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement
and empowerment of women" is running from 17 June to 19 July
2002. The results of the on-line discussion will be presented
to the Expert Group Meeting in the Republic of Korea (November 2002).