The findings of this research indicates there were attempts to identify and eliminate gender disparities in access and use of ICT within the Uganda national ICT policy development process. However clear-cut gender incorporation strategy was missing, and the ICT policy process was largely dominated by men. This The report includes a set of recommendations how to further enhance gender equality within ICT policy process for policy makers and gender advocates.
Based on the analysis of data collected using semi-structured questionnaires and face-to-face interviews, this report indicates that only two women’s groups actively participated in the policy process albeit after serious lobbying for inclusion. Like other policy processes in Uganda, the ICT policy process was largely dominated by men. These mostly got involved by virtue of the fact that they were already occupying positions related to policy making.
Using information from the WSIS process and research reports on ICT, however, the few women who were involved strongly argued their case. This is how objective 10 of the national ICT policy—focusing on gender mainstreaming - was adopted. Although the women do not appear to have learnt as much as the men about ICT during the process, there is no doubt that the “social consciousness” about the need to engender the process had been born, among other participants. The publication of “a policy brief on gender issues and gaps in the Draft National Information and Communication Technology policy framework” by WOUGNET is a clear indication that the engendering candle is still burning.

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