|ITU and Gender - Why a gender
|The ITU recognizes that society as a
whole will benefit from equal participation of women and
men in policy and decision-making and from equal access
to communications services.
In recent years, the information
communication technology (ICT) sector has become one
of the fastest growing areas of the world economy.
Women still face many barriers to participating fully
and effectively in a knowledge-based economy, a key
component of economic development.
Creating telecommunications policies and human resources
development programmes targeted at women can help
alleviate poverty of women and their families.
Additionally, by leveraging the skills of women,
developing countries can significantly add to the pool
of talent that will be needed in the new information
World March for Women
International Women's Day 2001
(Photo by Romina Pontil)
ITU Gender contact:
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