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World summit on the information society (WSIS) gender caucus.

The WSIS gender caucus is a multi-stakeholder group consisting of women and men from national governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and the United Nations System. The strategic objective of the WSIS gender caucus is to ensure that gender equality and women's rights are integrated into the WSIS and its outcomes.

The WSIS gender caucus was formed during the African regional preparatory conference in Bamako in 2002. The WSIS gender caucus recognises that unequal power relations in our societies can contribute to differential access, participation and treatment of men and women in the information society. The WSIS gender caucus has identified five priority areas which should be integrated into the preparations for the WSIS and its outcomes. These are: capacity building and training; entrepreneurship and women's access to international markets; reform and decision making; ensuring that ICTs contribute to the goals of peace, equality and development; and support for the recognition of a universal right to communicate.

To join the caucus and contribute to this work, please contact the WSIS-Gender Caucus Secretariat at or

Le Petit Comite de Travail sur le Genre du Sommet Mondial de la Societe de l'Information

Le Petit Comite de Travail sur le Genre du SMSI est un groupe de parties prenantes compose de femmes et d'hommes de gouvernements nationaux, d'organisations de la societe civile, du secteur prive et du systeme des Nations--Unies. L'objectif strategique de ce groupe est de veiller a ce que l'egalite entre les sexes et les droits de la femme soient incorpores dans le SMSI et son processus final.

Le Petit Comite de Travail sur le Genre du SMSI a ete forme lors de la Conference Preparatoire Regionale (Bamako 2002), qui s'est deroulee au Mali. Le comite reconnait que les relations inegales de pouvoir de nos societes peuvent contribuer a la differentiation d'acces, de participation et de traitement d'hommes et de femmes dans la societe de l'information. Le Comite a identifie les cinq domaines prioritaires qui devraient etre incorpores dans les preparations et les resultats du SMSI de la maniere suivante: Acquisition de connaissances et formation; l'esprit d'entreprise et l'acces de femmes aux marches internationaux, aux reformes et instances de prise de decision, a veiller a ce que les TIC contribuent aux objectifs de la paix, d'egalite, de developpement et de soutien de la reconnaissance du droit universel a la communication.

Pour vous joindre a ce Comite et faire des contributions a ce travail, veuillez contacter: WSIS-Gender Caucus Secretariat Email: Website:
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Date:May 1, 2002
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