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From promoting gender equality to empowering women

Role of e-government in Asia and the Pacific

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The UNPOG research analyzed the degree to which the e-government development in Asia and the Pacific contribute to promote gender equality, provide a toolkit to assess national e-Government readiness for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and generate an e-government readiness index for gender equality which provides a foundation for further data collection and research to include more gender-sensitive approach in e-Government development and assessment. Its significance lies in being one of the first comparative, analytical attempts to discuss the gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to current e-Government development. This Report is targeted for decision makers, government officials, representatives from the civil society and the private sector, as well as academia and international organizations around the world who are interested in gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to current e-Government development. It also serves as a tool to assess and guide policies and strategies, suggesting steps to formulate a national action plan to carry out e-Government initiatives for greater gender inclusion.

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Executive summary

The adoption of ICT in the public sector, particularly through e-government initiatives, has become a policy priority for many developing country governments. Notably in tune with the Millennium Development Goal 3, e-Government represents a significant opportunity to create a mechanism of greater gender equality in basic service delivery, in priority areas such as education, health and social protection. Further, it broadens the range of service providers from central, local governments to private sectors and women NGOs, thereby allowing the services to be more women-driven and women-focused. Ultimately, under a positive cycle of strengthened gender equality in basic service delivery and empowerment of women as users of these services, the true potential of e-Government lies in changing the paradigm of participation and representation of women in society. In this sense, mainstreaming gender equality in e-Government proposes an entry point of discussion as to how to include the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

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