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Seminar Overview: Measuring the Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Men and Women

January 26, 2004 (Washington DC Time)

Video Links to: Tokyo, Manila, Seoul, and New York (UNDP and UNIFEM)

To set national policy goals related to ICTs for gender equality, it is important to have macro-level ICT statistics and indictors by gender. The lack of reliable statistics is a major constraint on our knowledge of gender issues in ICTs. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has official statistics on female Internet users as % of total Internet users for mostly developed countries and very few data for developing countries. On the project level, it is also important to have the gender disaggregated data to be able to ascertain if men and women are benefiting differently from project interventions and to take corrective action as needed.

At the seminar, researchers who worked on specific indicators for monitoring gender and ICTs shared data and tools. For example, the Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Program provided a tool for determining whether ICTs were really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting empowerment at the individual, institutional, community, and broader social levels. Sookmyung Women's University in South Korea has developed the Women's Informatization Indicator, which refers to using, exchanging, and producing information and knowledge, utilizing ICTs to advance women's status and their quality of life. They conducted an extensive survey among diverse groups of women in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. This is believed to be the first attempt to measure these types of issues. Korea has the highest number for the indicator among the six countries.

The data and tools were some of the most interesting ones presented at the Gender Caucus workshops of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Geneva in December. Through video links to Manila, Tokyo, Seoul, and New York, this seminar obtained a wide range of views on the need for international collaboration on collecting ICT statistics and indicators by gender.

Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs

A Learning Tool for Change and Empowerment by Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (PDF 500Kb)

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