Women Engage women as active stakeholders in the
Women needs information through ICT on following areas Free health services and child care facilities O Job opportunities in the low paid informal sector including domestic or home services o Housing availability especially in shantytowns o Free educational facilities, information regarding government programmers for poor Educational facilities and opportunities. o Career development and job opportunities. o Low-priced health and childcare for women. o Economical social support systems. o Legal rights and provisions against social injustice, domestic violence, o Employment prospects in India and abroad. o Fashion and market values.
VII PRIORITIES AND STRATEGIES In order to emphasis the efforts towards creating an enabling environment, it is important to identify specific priority areas. Two areas require particular attention: 1. Integrate gender in ICT policy; and 2.
Engage women as active stakeholders in the information society. The following are specific strategies to address these priority areas. 1. Integrate gender in ICT policy: • Demonstrate the gap impacts of ICT on women and men • Construct skills among policy-makers to ensure gender equality in ICT for development • Confirm that gender advocates educate themselves and get involved in the policy process • Investigate and revise existing ICT policies to reflect a gender perspective • Inclusion of all stakeholders in the ICT policy process • Build communities for gender equality in ICT development • Mobilize resources for ICT development • Build critical mass of gender and ICT consultants 2. Involve women as active stakeholders in the information society: • Create awareness and promote ICT as a tool for development of women• Build ICT skills for women and girls in college and societies.
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