Anita Gurumurthy, Nandini.C and Emma Saloranta represented IT for Change at the International Working Forum on Women, ICTs and Development. The Forum was organised by UN Women and the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, between January 10-11, 2013, in Washington D.C. The overall objective of the Forum was to convene a broad-based coalition in order to take stock of current ICTD and gender approaches, challenges, opportunities and to chart a course forward. Participants included UN organisations, civil society, academia, government agencies and the private sector. Opened by a high level panel, the Forum comprised of a number of parallel work-streams focussing on issues ranging from access to ICTs, ICT policies, ICTs for social, economic and political empowerment, to measuring gender and ICTs, and taking stock of existing research.
IT for Change led the work-stream on 'Political participation,agency and e-government' and also participated in the work-streams on 'Access to ICTs', 'Content-Producers', 'ICT Policies' and 'Measuring Gender and ICTs'.
IT for Change's inputs into the Forum:
Women's political empowerment and ICTs - Unpeeling assumptions, unpacking half-truths : A backgrounder for discussion
Concept Note: Workstream on 'Political participation, agency and e-government'
Annex 1: Women's Political Participation and ICTs – Existing Indicators, Frameworks and Measurements
Annex 2: Case Studies – Exploring the transformatory potential of ICTs for enhancing women's political participation
What does the Internet Governance Forum signify for gender equality?
Reflecting on gender through the 'information society' prism