11.07.2003 -

UNESCO Expert Meeting on Gender Issues in the Information Society

An Expert Group Meeting on "Gender Issues in the Information Society" will be hosted by UNESCO on Monday, 14 July 2003, at its Headquarters in Paris. The meeting aims at providing space for a dialogue and sharing of innovative ideas and views on how to establish ICT policies and development programmes to ensure that the gender perspective is fully integrated into them.

The participants are also expected to discuss good practices and lessons learned outlining appropriate policy options and producing recommendations for establishment of a common strategy to better address these issues at the World Summit on the Information Summit in December 2003 in Geneva.

By encouraging, promoting and initiating appropriate programme activities, UNESCO believes that the important questions raised in respect to women's accessibility, participation and skilled use of ICT in disadvantaged communities, will ultimately benefit the environment and structures in these communities.

The meeting is organized one day before the opening of the Intersessional Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society at UNESCO's Headquarters that takes place from 15 to 18 July 2003. More than 800 participants - government representatives and observers from intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector - will attend the meeting, convened by the President of the Preparatory Committee of the Summit, Adama Sammassékou of Mali.

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