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How can ICTs promote gender equality in rural areas?

e-Agriculture is collecting information on the topic ‘Gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development – How ICTs can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural areas’, to prepare a paper on the subject.

ICT initiatives are often generic and fail to recognize that the introduction of ICTs in a community will affect men and women differently. A range of specific barriers exist to women’s access, control and use of ICTs, all of which have implications for the efficacy of ICT-based agricultural interventions. However there are also initiatives that are inclusive and contribute to the promotion of gender equality through the use of ICTS.

In order to identify, analyse, understand and promote successful approaches, e-Agriculture and FAO are looking for experiences from different stakeholders. This is why we are now launching this call to you to ask you to share your recent experiences, articles, lessons learned, insights or good practices on gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural development.All contributions will be published on e-Agricultures thematic page on Gender and ICTs and the selected experiences and articles will be referenced in the final paper that will be published on our platform and through other media.

You can send your contributions to info@e-agriculture.org or share them with the group. We look forward to learning more about your insights on the topic.

 


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Nominations open for 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards – See more at UN Women.

This year, the global community commits to a new UN framework for sustainable development for the next 15 years and in the current draft, the use of ICTs is included as an important means of implementing gender equality commitments. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. One of the pillars of this platform is Media, including information and communications technology. The GEM-TECH Awards are an opportunity to highlight ways in which women’s meaningful access, use and development of technology can be achieved and to inform thinking and investments as we look forward.

The 2015 awards will focus on the following three categories:

  • Application of Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Recognizing applications of technology across all sectors, and particularly the pillars of the Beijing Platform for Action, for the empowerment of women and to achieve gender equality.
  • Women in the Technology Sector: Recognizing success in the promotion of girls and women as creators, drivers, leaders and decision-makers in the technology sector.
  • Gender-Responsive Technology Governance, Policy and Access: Recognizing efforts to bridge the gender digital divide through strategies, policies and regulations that ensure enabling and foundational factors such as access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, and more advanced skills-development are gender-responsive.

Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made here until 31 July.

For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award-2015.aspx.