While women’s disempowerment and gender based discrimination is pervasive around the globe, it is expressed in different ways in different cultures. Equally diverse is the capacity to resist, overcome or transform disempowering norms, beliefs and social structures. And while our networked world offers increasingly innovative ways for connection, mobilization and resistance, cyberspaces have also created new fora for discrimination and victimization to take place.

The UNU-CS Gender Tech Lab has the mandate to contribute to efforts towards gender justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment in ways that can be facilitated by participation in the knowledge society. This entails facilitating the use of ICTs in ways that increase self-knowledge, enhance the capacity for gender analysis, and build the resilience to tackle the social, cultural and political constraints to sustainable community led development.

In dialogue with communities of partners, the following example research questions will be explored:

  • How can the use of ICTs be leveraged to tackle urgent gender problems such as violence against women, human trafficking and institutionalized forms of gender discrimination and (dis)advantage?
  • How can women and girls improve their access to and effective use of ICTs to engage self and community empowerment?
  • What are the pertinent research questions that can unlock ICT’s potential to enhance the capacity of women, girl-children, GLBTIQ people and men to use ICTs in those situations that have the greatest potential for personal and social gender transformation?
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