Working Group Co-Chaired by:
Conclusions and policy recommendations:
- Integrate Gender and National ICT and Broadband Policies.
Improve Sex-Disaggregated ICT Statistics and Measurement.
Take Steps to Boost the Affordability and Usability of ICT Products and Services.
Improve Relevant and Local Content Online.
Initiate an Action Plan to achieve gender equality in access to broadband by 2020.
Objectives of the Group:
- Promote digital inclusion for women
Empower women through digital literacy training and skills building
Promote the development of gender sensitive applications (monitor violence against women, etc.) in partnership with the private sector and civil society
Foster public service delivery which takes into account the specific needs of women and their surroundings
Make technology training and jobs more attractive to young girls and women
Promote digital entrepreneurship among women to foster social innovation
Foster the protection of girls and women when they go online
Contribute to the post-2015 development agenda
- The group was set up at the Broadband Commission sixth meeting on 23 September 2012 in New York.
- Ms Geena Davis, actor, advocate and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls, challenged the Commission to address the issues related to women and ICTs. The Commission launched the Working Group focused on the subject and requested Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, to be its Chair.
- The group has held 1st meeting via teleconference on 29 January 2013, when Terms of Reference for the Working Group were endorsed.
- Working Group met at first physical meeting in 16 March 2013, alongside the meeting of the Commission in Mexico City on 16 March 2013.
- Second physical meeting was held in New York, USA on 20 September 2013 in UN WOMEN HQ.
Doubling Digital Opportunities
Enhancing the inclusion of women & girls in the Information Society
This Report studies the role that ICTs and the Internet can play in advancing gender equality agendas, including equal access to new technologies by women and girls. It examines the central question of how access to the Internet and ICTs can help redress some of the inequalities women and girls face in their everyday lives, and whether inequalities in access to the Internet, and the types of content available online, are in fact reinforcing social attitudes towards women. It explores measures of inequality in access to ICTs, the importance of ICTs in educating and shaping the aspirations and hopes of the next generation of women and girls, and the implications of lack of access to ICTs by girls and women. By summarizing the current situation with regards to differential access to the Internet this report sketches some of the potential implications of gender gaps in access to the Internet, based on the inputs and viewpoints of the Working Group on Broadband and Gender.
Expanding access to, and proper use of, ICTs will solve this challenge, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of school systems, improving teacher training and resources, and extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom and to disadvantaged groups. Governments – in developing countries in particular – need to explore ways to bridge the digital divide and implement policies that encourage increased investment in ICT in education.
- Hamadoun Toure, ITU
- Reza Jafari, E-Development International
- Jasna Matic, Serbia
- Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, Qatar
- Saad Bin Dhafer A;-Qahtani, STC
- Amir Dossal, World Partnerships Forum
- Suvi Linden, Finland
- Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation
- Michael Combes, Alcatel-Lucent
- Irina Bokova, UNESCO
- Supachai Panitchpakdi, UNCTAD
- Julius Genachowski, The Carlyle Group
- Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm
- Paul Mitchell, Microsoft
- John Chambers, CISCO
- Kim Seang-tae, National Information Society Agency
- Hans Vestberg, Ericsson
- Speranza Ndege, Kenyarra University
- Anne Bouverot, gsma
- Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women
- Akhtar Badshah Microsoft
- Margaret Chan WHO
- Ann Mei Chang US State Department
- Kate Cornick University of Melbourne
- Geena Davis Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
- Chat Garcia-Ramilo Association for Progressive Communications
- Ann Glover Chief Scientific Advisor, European Commission
- Nancy Hafkin Women in Global Science and Technology
- Omobola Johnson Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Nigeria
- Sonia Jorge Alliance for Affordable Internet
- Jeni Klugman The World Bank
- Cheryl D. Miller Zen Digital
- Amina J. Mohammed United Nations
- Monique Morrow Cisco
- Antonella Notari-Vischer Womanity.org
- Miguel Raimilla Telecentre.org Foundation
- Juliana Rotich Ushahidi
- Zainab Salbi Women 4 Women Intl.
- Deborah Taylor Tate Tech Needs Girls
- Renee Wittemyer INTEL
- Anita Gurumurthy IT for Change