Study on "The gender digital divide in rural Pakistan"
- Recently, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad has presented first results of its study on "The gender digital divide in rural Pakistan". The were shared and discussed during a meeting with stakeholders from the private sector, relevant government bodies and academia as well as during a workshop with representatives from grassroots level organisations working on women's empowerment and a press briefing.
We believe that the results of the study as well as the discussions thereof might provide an important contribution to the ongoing revision of the National IT Policy. So far, the policy does not address gender dimensions of access to and use of ICTs.
These resources are available at http://www.sdpi.org/research_Programme/human_development/gender_digital_divide.html. A summary of the research findings in an article that was published in Dawn on September 21, 2009 can be accessed at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/economic-and-business/the-great-digital-divide-199. The stakeholder workshop resulted in an action plan proposed by the local representatives from far-flung districts that can be found at http://www.sdpi.org/research_Programme/human_development/gdd/GDDPressBriefing_ActionPlan.pdf.
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Karin Astrid Siegmann