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INSTRAW Call for Papers
Gender and ICTs
 Background
Information and communication technologies are recognized as key elements of
the new global knowledge-based economy, ensuring rapid and continuous
transfer of commercial, financial and political information crucial to the
development process. However, it has been argued that women worldwide lag
overwhelmingly behind men in the access to and use of ICTs. This newly
developing gender gap is being argued to be a major source of gender
inequality and one of the major obstacles to mainstreaming a gender
perspective in development.
In order to address the gender digital gap, the 1995 World Conference on
Women (Beijing) delineated a strategy to promote greater access to
communication by women internationally. Equally, the Beijing+5 Conference
(2000, New York) called upon development cooperation to strengthen the
capacity of women to use new technologies for advancing their position and
for achieving gender equality and thus sustainable development.
As a result, many initiatives have been undertaken by women and women’s
organizations that aim at providing women with an access to ICTs as tools
for social and economic empowerment. Furthermore, national and international
agencies have also pursued many initiatives in order to ensure that women
are not deprived of the benefits of the emerging "information society".
Many of these initiatives, however, have been undertaken in relative
isolation from one another, and thus are not informed by shared learning
experiences.  Nor are these projects and initiatives necessarily integrated
from the beginning into larger development policy frameworks.
INSTRAW Collaborative Research Project on Gender and ICTs
To address the need for sharing of knowledge and learning about gender
aspects of ICTs, INSTRAW is initiating a collaborative research programme
which aims:
*To ascertain the state-of-the-art in terms of access and use, management
and regulation, and impact of ICTs on women.
*To determine the constituents of an enabling/disabling environment.
*To gain a better understanding of how women and men are involved in ICTs,
particularly in the developing countries;
*To investigate what is presently being done by key stakeholders to promote
and support projects aimed at the equal participation of women and men in
ICTs in developing countries;
*To propose ways in which ICTs can better serve as an important tool for
empowerment and close the gender gap if and where such exists.
 In order to achieve this, INSTRAW is inviting the submission of Papers to
be used as background information for the Virtual Workshops that will be
held online through INSTRAW’s Gender Awareness Information and Networking
System (GAINS). The papers should address the following issues:
1)      Gender dimension of access and use of ICTs through profiling of
women and men using ICTs (age/income/region); how women and men- and in what
ratio -access and use ICTs and for what purpose; what information is
accessed; where it is used (private/public domain), etc..
2)      Gender dimensions of management and regulation of ICTs: how women
and men participate in ICTs (as
users/producers/managers/specialists-designers, technicians, analysts, etc);
what are the existing ICT-related regulations and norms on the international
and national levels as well as the existing regulatory instruments and tools
and how do women participate;
3)      Impact assessment on a sectoral basis: how ICTs impact on women and
men: cultural (changes in cultural norms and stereotypes); social/political
(empowers and enhances cooperation, negotiation, social action); and
economic (new skills/employment). Why, if so, ICTs impact differently on
women and men – education and training; socialization patterns; availability
(cost, priorities, interest - women are poorer, have different priorities
and interests).
4)      Examination of country/regional/sub-regional variations in access to
and use of ICTs; analysis of experiences; lessons learned and good
national/regional practices.
Authors should submit a 500 word abstracts to INSTRAW no later than 22 April
2002, together with a brief resume of their academic/professional background
and experience. INSTRAW will select the most relevant abstracts by 1 May
2002 and commission the authors of the selected papers to prepare full
versions of the papers. Authors will be paid a fee of US$ 1,000 per paper.
The specific terms and conditions of this assignment will be discussed with
the authors on an individual basis once the selection process has been
finalized. Authors should submit their papers to INSTRAW by 1 June 2002 and
are expected to present them at the Gender and ICTs Virtual Workshops which
will be held during the 3rd quarter of 2002 through GAINS. It is important
to note that the papers should be based on original research and should not
be more than 7,000 words in length.
Abstracts should be sent to Tatjana Sikoska at:
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For more information about INSTRAW and GAINS, please visit:
www.un-instraw.org

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