A Gendered Perspective on Access
by Leslie Regan Shade
- Support the development of measures and indicators of
information highway participation. Data should be disaggregated and reported
based on: income, gender, language, region, ability, ethnicity, age.
- Encourage access to computer/information literacy and
training for all Canadians.
- Give priority to community-based literacy/training programs,
especially those that service marginalized or "have nor populations.
- Define what technical "core services" should be provided:
single party telephone service, access to operator and emergency services,
- Define what information services should be part of the
"essential basket" of services provided to the women's community (eg.
information on women's health clinics, birth clinics, abortion clinics,
counselling, small business services, childcare providers, etc.).
- Define what information is essential for education, public
health, or public safety (eg. adult education centres, women's centres, women's
shelters, information for battered women).
- Determine how more Francophone and non-English content can
be created to meet the diverse needs of the women's community in
- Determine what public access points would be appropriate for
- Design and establish information "safety nets" so that all
citizens, regardless of income, can partake of services.
- Consider whether telecommunications carriers should be
required to contribute to a universal access fund and if they should be
allotted tax credits for doing so.
- Consider whether the telecommunications industry should be
encouraged to develop a standard "information appliance" to allow low income
users to access the Internet.
- Determine how current federal information infrastructure
programs could better support access for women and women's groups.