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Partnership Expert Meeting on Gender and ICT Indicators

Mexico City, Mexico, 3 December 2013
 

Background


The Partnership Expert Meeting on Gender and ICT Indicators took place in the context of the work of the Partnership Task Group on Measuring ICT and Gender (TGG), which was set up in September 2012, and which is led by UNCTAD and ITU. TGG members include ILO, ITU, Research ICT Africa, The Web Foundation, UNCTAD, UIS, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, and Women in Global Science and Technology. A key objective of the TGG is to help improve the measurement of gender and ICT, including by developing additional gender-relevant indicators and methodologies. More transparent, comparable and comprehensive gender-disaggregated data will allow for better assessment of possible gender divides in ICT  and improve the ability of governments to design, implement and monitor ICT-related policies. The main objective of the expert meeting was to discuss a report prepared by the Partnership, which includes a list of proposed indicators at the intersection of gender and ICT. The proposed list is a collection of existing, revised and new indicators. Measurement areas that were addressed were ICT household access and individual ICT use, ICT-related employment, ICT business use and entrepreneurship, ICT in education and e-government.

Click here (pdf format) for more information on the TGG and the Expert Meeting agenda.

The outcome (pdf format) of the Expert Meeting, which was attended by 20 participants from 9 countries and 4 international organizations, was reported during the WTIS Partnership session on "Measuring Gender and ICT". Comments received on the first report will feed into a second phase of the TGG work focusing on methodological aspects of the proposed indicators.