New report: Bridging the Gender Digital Divide – Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet states
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, 30 August 2004
A research study “Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: A Report on Gender and Information and Communication Technologies in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS)” produced by UNIFEM in collaboration with UNDP and Lenka Simerska and Katerina Fialova of the APC women’s programme (Source: APC WNSP website">APC WNSP) reports that women in CEE/CIS share many of the challenges experienced by women in other world regions. But there are also some issues specific to this region that needs to be examined in the context of the legacy of communism and historical and cultural sub-regional diversities. Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS).
The report also reviews key gender and ICT initiatives implemented by UNDP, other UN agencies, the European Union, and other actors in the CEE/CIS region. The review illustrates that although majority of development agencies mandate gender mainstreaming in their policy frameworks and strategy documents, the gender issues fall away in programs’ priorities and implementations. The research has proved that numerous existing ICT initiatives across the region, only few go beyond simply providing women with access to computers and basic training in their use, and lead to women’s advancement in ICTs, and empowerment.
The report contains recommendations and proposes actions for UN agencies, governments and donors in order to strengthen integration of gender in the ICT areas in the CEE/CIS region.
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Lenka Simerska and Katerina Fialova, ‘Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: A Report on Gender and Information and Communication Technologies in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS)’, UNIFEM & UNDP, 2004