Women’s Access to Information

ccess to information is a fundamental right enshrined in a democratic country and a declaration of human rights, and critical for the exercise of basic socio-economic and political rights. Often in our societies, it is the most vulnerable and marginalized populations who suffer the greatest due to limited access to information, and this is particularly true for women. As various tools are applied to address the web of adversities facing women — poverty, illiteracy, violence, and inadequate opportunities for quality participation — the insufficient focus has been paid to the power that information can play in confronting these challenges.  Therefore, WISE committed to empowers women to make more effective decisions, for example with relation to education, crop production, land ownership, and health care; enables women to understand and exercise their full range of rights; helps women to participate more fully in public life; bridges gender gaps and helps to shift power in decision-making processes; and can link women with the needed resources for achieving economic empowerment. Ultimately, through exercising their right to information, women will be able to more fully enjoy their socio-economic rights in meaningful and transformative ways.

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