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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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Toolkit: e-government for gender equality action plan

The Readiness Framework assessment highlights the strengths and weaknesses of a country on different aspects of e-Government for gender equality, in terms of its infrastructure, gender development and e-Government technical sophistication. It helps the government identify which sectors are more prepared to embrace gender equality initiatives in the e-Governance, and which community or stakeholders are more prepared to contribute to and benefit from the e-Government initiatives. This in turn sheds light on identifying the priority areas of e-Government and critical areas for further investment in improving gender impact in the public administration as a whole.

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