Gender equality through ICT access and appropriation: Taking a rights-based approach

This paper was contributed for a report prepared for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID) Global Forum on Access and Connectivity in least developed countries and small islands developing states in Asia/Pacific and innovative financing mechanisms for ICTD, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18-20 May 2008. This paper explores the meanings of women's empowerment and gender equality in the information society, looking at the opportunity for progressive change and critically unpacking the ICTD discourse on gender and development.

It also seeks to articulate a rights-based framework to policy and action that takes on the specific question of what models of access and connectivity will work for the marginalised peoples and countries, in a manner that promotes gender justice.

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