In celebrating the "International Women's Day' (IWD 2018) FAO, IFAD and WFP have organized this year’s annual event on how media and ICT can empower rural women and girls to transform their lives. During this day's celebrations, a new publication, "GENDER AND ICTs : Mainstreaming gender in the use of ICTs for agriculture and rural development", is to be launched.
While the digital revolution is reaching rural areas in many developing countries, the rural digital divide continues to present considerable challenges. The problem is even more acute for women, who face a triple divide: digital, rural and gender. This publication looks at the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) when placed in the hands of men and women working in agriculture and in rural areas. It examines the challenges to be overcome and makes recommendations so that rural communities can take full and equal advantage of the technologies.
The publication is the result of desk study, online fora on gender held in the framework of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice , and a review of projects and programmes conducted in regions of the world. While substantial progress has been made in making ICTs available and accessible for rural communities, challenges remain with respect to the following seven critical factors for success: content, capacity development, gender and diversity, access and participation, partnerships, technologies, and finally, economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
This publication presents the challenges and the seven factors of success, followed by an overview of the general existing barriers to women’s access to, control and use of ICTs. Finally, it offers a series of recommendations for better integration of gender in ICT initiatives, based on gender mainstreaming throughout the seven critical factors of success, illustrated with concrete examples.
Summarised table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Gender and the use of ICTs for agriculture and rural development
Chapter 2. The seven critical factors of success in initiatives for ICTs in agriculture
Chapter 3. Existing gender barriers to women’s access to, control and use of ICTs for agriculture
Chapter 4. How to better integrate gender in initiatives for ICT in agriculture
Chapter 5. Growing opportunities for closing the gender gap through ICT initiatives
Chapter 6. Conclusion
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