In view of international focus on poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, and the close connection of gender equality to achieving these Goals, the paper addresses women’s use of ICTs in the six areas identified in the MDG as critical to achieving poverty reduction, as well as the potential use of ICTs to promote gender equality in poverty reduction strategies. It analyses the potential for women’s economic empowerment, as well as employment and income-generating trends ushered in by the digital economy.
The overall purpose of paper is to provide policy makers with an awareness of key issues and understanding of strategies, approaches and resources; and to promote the development of ICT projects, systems and infrastructure that will contribute to poverty reduction.

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