This collection of papers comes out of a project undertaken as part of the regional activities of the World Summit on the Information Society's (WSIS) Gender Caucus. To strengthen gender advocacy during the WSIS processes, it was felt necessary to analyse in detail whether and how ICTs do, and can potentially, bring about structural transformation in gender relations, and therefore the conditions framing such access needed to be explored. This volume seeks to address this policy advocacy imperative in the Asian context.
Including contributions from Angela M. Kuga Thas, Deborah L. Wheeler and Mridula Swamy that respectively examine the situation in East, West and South Asia, this collection offers an analytical framework for women’s empowerment in the information society, grounded in the particularities of the Asian region. It captures the question of the ‘opportunity structure’ for gender equality in the information society while problematising the notion of ‘access to ICTs’.