WTDC-17 Side Event: Shaping the Future of the Internet with Gender Equality

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The event is organized by Internet Society (ISOC) with support from the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC/Canada), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Google.

Background

Policymakers and key influencers – responsible for shaping the future of communications Information Society – will be heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October, to define the landscape for ITU’s work for the next 4 years on sustainable development and ICTs. The theme for WTDC-17 is “ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals.”

Participants at WTDC-14 recognized the important role that ICTs play in socio-economic development, noting that no one should be offline. While substantial progress has been made to advance Internet connectivity and inclusion, more than half of the world’s population is offline and the gender digital gap is widening particularly in LDCs.

In order to move us closer on achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5 – “Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls”, we need to examine more closely the role that ICTs, and in particular the Internet, can play in advancing a more inclusive, developed and sustainable society.

A significant amount of work has been done through studies and research to identify barriers to Internet access for men and women, boys and girls; as well as the gap for women to rise into leadership positions. Moreover, there are good examples of concrete actions and best practices being taken at national and international levels aimed at empowering women and girls to develop ICT skills and provide leadership referees. The ITU ICT Girls Day and the EQUALS in Tech Awards, as well as the Internet Society’s #ShinetheLight Campaign, are good examples of initiatives showcasing how Women and Girls make a difference through ICTs.

All these studies, activities and initiatives are informative experiences that can enrich the WTDC-17 participants with real impact they have in society. But more than that, it is time to connect the dots, and that’s the expectation for this side event.

Objectives

The side-event entitled “Shaping the Future of the Internet with Gender Equality” aims to initiate an open and bottom-up dialogue around 2 main issues:

  • Access to Information – advocating for equal Internet access for men and women, boys and girls, across the world.
  • Leadership by Example – highlighting womenrole models for girls and young women, we will provide inspiration for women and girls to seek leadership positions.

This event objectives are to:

  • identify synergies for future and ongoing collaboration,
  • showcase the concrete and successful on-the-ground initiatives that are empowering girls and women towards more digital inclusion, and
  • recommend public policies that are enabling girls and women to take leadership roles, and get more involved in technical discussions. 
Format

The event format is designed to be interactive and dynamic, into a conversational mode. High level leaders and experts will be invited to deliver a pitch talk of 2-3 minutes each, followed by rounds of audience and panel interventions with comments, discussion, reactions and questions. The co-moderators will make the appropriate time allocation and summarize the discussions. 

Participation

Invitations will be sent to experts representing governments from developing countries, developed countries and emerging countries from LAC. In addition, leading regional experts, industry representatives, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs and research institutes will also be invited to attend. Expected number of attendees: ~100. If you are interested in attending please register here.

Expected results

The expected results are to deliver tangible outcomes and to develop key recommendations for policymakers in ICTs to adopt towards the fulfillments of SDG-5 on empowering girls and women to be equally integrated into the digital society and enjoy the Internet of opportunities.

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Date and Time

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Location

Google Argentina

Dock Del Plata, Alicia Moureau de Justo, 350, Piso 1, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

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