Training workshop in Dakar
The UN Division for the Advancement of Women (UNDAW) of the Economic and Social Council organized a training workshop for representatives of thirteen national machineries for the advancement of women of countries from Central and western Africa.
The training workshop identified the common strategies for the development of institutional capacities for promoting the gender equality through the effective use of ICTs and developed an electronic network of national institutional machineries.
This meeting for chief executives of the national machineries comprised a two days training workshop for experts and information management specialists from the national machineries on the use of ICTs for the management and the exchange of knowledge and information.
The training workshop was held in Dakar (Senegal) from 24 to 28 of May 2004.
The Beijing platform for action underlined that the national machineries for the advancement of women have been established to design, promote the implementation, execute, monitor, evaluate, advocate and mobilize for the policies that promote the advancement of women (par. 196). The national machineries have to disseminate gender disaggregated data and information for the purpose of planning and evaluation.
The Commission on the Status of Women considered the role of ICTs for gender equality. The discussion on the “Participation and access of women to media and information and communication technologies and their contribution and use as an instrument for promotion of women and making them independent” which was held during the session of the Commission underlined the role of ICTs and media as means of development being central for the independence of women.
The new media and ICTs have been used more and more to share knowledge, enhance the participation of all members of society, enlarge the networks and give the voice to marginalized groups, to organize political action and make people responsible for their own future, combat poverty and strengthen the economic development.
In its Final conclusions the CSW noted “media and ICTs offer the means to enhance the full access of women to the benefits of information and new technologies and could become the main way of making women autonomous and promote gender equality”.
The training workshop had as main objective to strengthen the institutional capacity of national machineries in the selected countries in order to use effectively the ICTs for the protection of gender equality policies and to play the role of catalyst for the systematic gender mainstreaming in national and regional policies and programs.
The training workshop identified common strategies for the development of institutional capacities through the use of ICTs, informed and trained the representatives of national machineries on the important institutional aspects of the use of ICTs, helped the design of a concept for a web site prototype for the national machineries and initiated an electronic network of the national machineries of the countries participating to the workshop.
All participants to the training workshop have been experts in the national institutional machineries of the 13 countries as well as information specialists working with the national machineries, members of the Division for the Advancement of Women, consultants/trainers and resource persons.
The team of trainers consisted of Ms Claudy Vouhe, Ms Nadia Taher, Mr Mohamed… and Ms Mariane Lena Faye. As resource persons were invited Ms Fatimata Seye Sylla, Ms Jivka Marinova and Ms Jocelyn Pierre. Jivka Marinova presented the situation in Eastern Europe and the experience of women’s NGOs in using the ICTs for advocacy purposes and advancement of gender equality.