Position Papers

Women and Media (June 2003)

“Participation and access of women to the media, and information and communication technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement of women”

The Beijing World Conference on Women identified media, including information and communication technologies, as one of the critical areas of concern for gender equality and the empowerment of women. The five year follow up of the commitments made in Beijing further pointed to the need to integrate a gender perspective and to adapt the growing information and knowledge based society to women’s needs in order to be a tool for transforming gender relations and promote social development. The ongoing process of preparations for the first ever World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) makes it even more essential at this point to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated into the policies determining the development of the Information society.


EWL position paper on Women and media

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