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Incorporating Gender Issues in ICT Policy-Making and e-Strategy Formulation

This paper takes a broad overview of the issues of gender and ICT from a policy-making perspective. The specific objective of this paper is to provide a systematic framework for incorporating gender issues in ICT policy documents. This framework is designed to serve as a toolkit that can be used by policy-makers, researchers and advocates to evaluate the “gender-sensitivity” of ICT policy documents. The framework attempts to identify the deficiencies in addressing gender issues in the following areas: communication infrastructure, public access to ICTs, applications in e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Health and e-Education, women entrepreneurship in ICT sector, equitable capacity building for developing ICT applications, and ICT-based means of capturing public opinion.