Fundación Proclade calls on UN to empower women in the digital age

Mar 15, 2023 | UN Presence

The Foundation calls on UN member states to allocate resources and take concrete steps to ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the digital age. Key concerns include lack of access to technology, the digital divide, gender discrimination and violence that takes advantage of social networks. A call is made to recognize internet access as a human right that must be guaranteed by the States, implementing public internet networks and free access. It also highlights the need to create public programs aimed at women heads of household in rural and urban areas, where they can leave their children in a place of care while they study or work.

Another important concern raised in the document is the lack of access to free and quality public education equipped with the necessary digital tools to allow access to all adolescent girls and women, especially those living in rural and isolated areas. In addition, a call is made to elaborate, strengthen and promote protection laws for mothers and children who suffer violence, with care and reporting routes for acts of violence against women.

Another aspect highlighted is the need to create legislation and public policies that promote real conditions of protection for girls and women on social networks, combating human trafficking and child pornography. Finally, the document calls on the owners of communication companies that control social networks to create policies for the protection of women, since in many cases they allow the dissemination of threats and defamatory campaigns against women defenders of human and environmental rights.

Fondazione Proclade Internazionale

It is a non-profit organization, promoted by the Claretian Missionaries. Its mission is to help, together with the Congregation, the development of the most disadvantaged peoples, the promotion of their human welfare, the integral development of people, the strength of communities, justice, and peace. It is currently recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Source: Prefecture of Apostolate

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