CSW58: Conclusions point to digital gender gap as impediment to exercise of human rights
By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews
PERGAMINO, Argentina, 25 March 2014
The APC Women’s Rights Programme was present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women’s and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, were also on the meeting agenda.
In the agreed conclusions, the Commission notes that a gender gap in access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) persists, and it urges governments, at all levels, and as appropriate, relevant entities of the United Nations system, international and regional organisations, national human rights institutions, civil society, including non-governmental organisations, and the private sector to take the following actions in order to realise women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of all human rights:
“Ensure non-discriminatory access for women of all ages to gender-responsive, universally accessible, available, affordable, sustainable, and high quality services and infrastructure, including health care, safe drinking water and sanitation, transport, energy, housing, agricultural technology, financial and legal services, and information and communication technologies.”
“Invest in closing the gender gap in information and communications technologies by making them affordable and accessible including in access to broadband as a tool for the empowerment of women and girls and the exercise of their full range of human rights, access to information, access to markets, networking and increased opportunities.”
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