Gender and ICT
Gender Tool Box
The human rights based, technical and social implications brought by new information and communication technologies (ICT) are not gender neutral. Existing power relations in society determine who benefits from and shapes the content, development and use of ICT. Human rights, including women’s rights, are as important online as they are offline. If gender dimensions of ICT are identified and addressed, ICT can be a powerful catalyst for political and social empowerment of women, and a tool to promote gender equality. This brief gives a short introduction to gender and ICT, provides examples of interventions and gives a quick guide to how gender can be integrated into ICT programmes for development and a tool for change.