6 International, regional and gender-specific policy frameworks

In calling for "participation and active involvement of girls and women in the decision-making process of building the Information Society" the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) recognized the importance of greater female inclusion. There is a strong link between women, ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ICTs can, for example, facilitate achievement of MDG 3, to promote gender equality and empower women.

There are several examples of ICTs becoming important tools for women's empowerment, with women as the primary drivers in using ICTs for development purposes. Despite important gender issues that may arise for women as users and employees -- including the many women who work in call centers, and as entrepreneurs -- research on ICT gender issues continues to be minimal. This needs renewed attention. Working to increase women’s access to ICTs is central to the achievement of a number of international treaties and targets. While this list is not exhaustive, it touches on some of the most important frameworks.