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Getting Gender into ICT Policy: easier said than done

October 8, 2002

Presenter: Ms. Gillian Marcelle
Chair, the African Information Society Gender Working Group (AISGWG) and Vice Chair of the ITU Task Force on Gender Issues


Robert Schware, Lead Informatics Specialist, Global Information & Communication Technologies Department, the World Bank

As is the case with other policy areas, ICT policy can benefit tremendously from an informed and gender-aware decision-making process; however, gender equality at the decision-making level of the ICT sector is still at unacceptable levels. Ms. Gillian Marcelle, an active leader in developing and implementing gender justice strategies in the ICT sector, shared some of the insights she has gained from her 14-year experience in the telecommunications and ICT policy arena.

Her presentation included the following:

  • provided a political and economic context for development of the ICT sector,
  • reviewed the dominant approach to ICT sector development,
  • outlined challenges for mainstreaming human development and gender equality issues, and
  • identified strategic questions for the World Bank.

In addition, Ms. GIllian briefly discussed the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as a venue where mainstreaming of human development and gender equality issues are crucial.


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