Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Capacity to Promote E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

4 Oct 2016 to 5 Oct 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

Governments in Asia and the Pacific are embracing the role of e-government as a tool to enhance the efficiency of their public administrations as well as effectiveness and outreach of the public services. However, there is limited awareness of the differentiated needs, access and impact of technology for women and men. To address the gap, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), is conducting a project on "E-Government for Women’s Empowerment". The project has completed its first phase which focused on examining gender-responsive e-government strategies in the areas of service delivery, e-participation and connectivity. The report can be accessed online via http://egov4women.unescapsdd.org/ .

The second phase of the project will focus on the preparations of online training of trainer modules that aim to enhance the capacity of government officials to develop and implement policies that promote e-Government as a tool for women’s empowerment. In this context, ESCAP, in partnership with UNPOG, convened an “Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Capacity to Promote E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific” from 4 to 5 October 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

The EGM achieved the following:
· Reviewed the training module framework to provide inputs on its structure, design and content;
· Identified future steps towards the application of the training modules, including online modalities; and
· Shared knowledge and good practices on promoting e-government for women’s empowerment.