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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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Introduction

The adoption of ICT in the public sector, particularly through e-Government initiatives, has become a policy priority for many developing country governments. The increased level of international attention on e-Government promotion combined with national efforts to streamline its public service led to a dramatic expansion of e-Government provision worldwide in recent years. According to the UN e-Government Development Index 2010, 98% of governments have online presence either by having a national portal or ministry websites (UN DESA, 2010). The overall quality of e-Government service has also changed significantly across the globe, driven by the advancement of more inclusive technologies such as Web 2.0, as it moves away from a oneway information provision to a more interactive and participatory forum.

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