From promoting gender equality to empowering women
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From promoting gender equality to empowering women

Role of e-government in Asia and the Pacific

The UNPOG research analyzed the degree to which the e-government development in Asia and the Pacific contribute to promote gender equality, provide a toolkit to assess national e-Government readiness for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and generate an e-government readiness index for gender equality which provides a foundation for further data collection and research to include more gender-sensitive approach in e-Government development and assessment. Its significance lies in being one of the first comparative, analytical attempts to discuss the gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to current e-Government development. This Report is targeted for decision makers, government officials, representatives from the civil society and the private sector, as well as academia and international organizations around the world who are interested in gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to current e-Government development. It also serves as a tool to assess and guide policies and strategies, suggesting steps to formulate a national action plan to carry out e-Government initiatives for greater gender inclusion.
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With the ICT infrastructure gaining significant development in the past decade, the growing sophistication of e-Government in developing countries has effectively contributed to the eparticipation of women and the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Gender mainstreaming in ICT policies, particularly through e-government initiatives, has been placed at the top of development agenda in recent years, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals have both encouraged governments to adopt a genderperspective and to enhance women’s rights in public policies.