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Last Updated: 02.07.2014
WOMEN WITH THE WAVE High Level Forum Series: Diversity Media and ICT Forum  

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) are jointly organizing the “Women With the WAVE Series: High Level Forum on Diversity Media and Information Exchange and Networking Sessions on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Media Inclusion of Women, Girls and Persons with Disabilities” which will be held on 23-24 October 2013 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The Forum is organized in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and with the kind support of UNESCO and the Department of Communications (DOC), Australian Government.

The Forum is aimed at providing a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue to discuss and showcase best practices on ICT and media inclusion of women, girls and persons with disabilities, as well as gender-responsive and disability inclusive workplace policies in Asia-Pacific broadcasting, medi and ICT organizations, ensuring that women, girls and persons with disabilities are targeted by efforts to galvanize actions for equal opportunities and empowerment through ICTs and media.

The Forum is essentially targeted at senior officials from policy makers, regulators, industry and international organizations who are involved in ICT policies, regulations, operations, strategies and development activities promoting digital inclusion of persons with special needs.

ITU is pleased to provide one fellowship for each elgible country, subject to availability of funds, Applicants requesting fellowships are required to submit their fellowship request forms duly signed by their respective Administration together with their registration form no later than 10 October 2013.

Ms Aurora A. Rubio, Head of ITU Area Office for South East Asia, is at your full disposal should you require any further information (email:




08:00-09:00 Registration  
  • Welcome Remarks: ITU
  • Welcome Remarks: UNESCO
  • Welcome Remarks: FES
  • Opening Remarks from the Host
  • Keynote Address: Special Guest (TBA)
09:30-10:30 Session 1: Women With the Wave: Broadcasting for All
  National media and broadcasting organizations, whether Public Service Broadcasters or commercial operations, have a responsibility to provide an equitable and supportive workplace. Often, this is easier said than done. In many countries, women seeking to enter the media industries face discrimination in the workplace, unequal and unfair treatment in terms of access, payment, assignments and promotions, inflexible work environments, and a lack of support mechanisms for working women. Persons with disabilities face even greater challenges of accessibility to jobs. New technologies have removed some physical barriers for accessibility but giving equal employment opportunities to persons with disabilities is still a long way away. This session provides practical examples, case studies and legal frameworks from professional managers from the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond, who have initiated and implemented programmes to ensure inclusion and equal opportunities in their organizations workplace policies for all members of the society.
10:30-11:00 Refreshments and networking break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Enabling persons with disabilities: providing the tools for inclusion
  Persons with disabilities are often the most marginalized people in society. In many cases, they face both environmental and physical barriers to accessing basic services and in fully participating in the political, economic and social life of their countries. The new information and communication technologies provide outstanding opportunities for persons with disabilities to be involved, to make their rightful contribution and to enjoy the educational and social opportunities and experiences afforded by ICTs that should constitute an opportunity and not a barrier. This session looks at case studies of successful training programmes for persons with disabilities in the use of ICTs, as well as examples of policies and practices on how both social media and traditional media can be leveraged for persons with disabilities.
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Session 3: Overcoming disadvantage: Media and ICTs breaking the barriers and empowering women and persons with disabilities
  Women and girls and persons with disabilities, who most need the ‘added value’ and liberating influence provided by ICTs, are often those who can least afford the technology. Living in poverty, with additional issues of illiteracy and other social disadvantage, they will remain forever on the wrong side of both the ‘digital divide’ and the ‘knowledge divide’, unless innovative practices and solutions can be harnessed. Without education, these vulnerable groups will not be able to enjoy their full human rights, nor will they be in a position to make qualitative and quantitative change within their families and at the community level. This session highlights the challenges faced by women and girls and persons with disabilities to harness digital opportunities and demonstrates some successful practical programmes and activities which have delivered ICT experiences to disadvantaged women, girls and persons with disabilities at the grassroots level.
15:30-16:00 Refreshments and networking break
16:00-17:00 Session 4: MODERATED DISCUSSION : Managing the reality: How to make it work in your organization
  One of the key Principles of the Beijing Platform for Action and one of the most important factors in improving the portrayal of women in the media and ICT is to have women fully and productively engaged within media and ICT organizations, as journalists, programme producers, technicians and engineers, managers and other support staff. In fact, women should be encouraged to fully participate in all areas of a media and ICT workplace, to provide expertise, diversity, new perspectives and role models. This session aims to enable a broader range of discussion to take place. It will address the following questions: as where are Asia-Pacific media and ICT organizations in terms of equal employment opportunities and inclusive workplace policies? Are there innovative recruitment practices? What are the obstacles/challenges? What are the roles to play for the concerned organizations, government, academia and NGOs, etc.?

In the Q&A participants may also wish to outline specific challenges in their countries or organizations and to highlight inequities and situations not previously investigated during the Forum.
17:00-17:30 Forum summary and adoption of the Hanoi Statement of Commitment
  Final panel session to summarize proceedings and seek the adoption of a plan-of-action, to be known as the Hanoi Declaration, to take forward the Women With the Wave process for women and girls and persons with disabilities.

PROGRAMME: 24 Oct 2013

09:00-10:30 Session 1: Information Exchange
ICT and Media Tools, Resources, Applications and Programmes to Promote Inclusion of persons with disabilities, women and girls: Sharing, Use and Matching
  This session will deliberate on the accessibility issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities and women and girls. It will present some existing ICT and media tools, resources, applications and programmes that have been developed and which are being carried out by national, regional and international organizations to address related needs. Are there still gaps? How can these resources be shared and used by individuals and other organizations that need them? What improvements can be made?
10:30-11:00 Refreshments and networking break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Networking and Partnerships
  This session will provide a platform for networking and partnership opportunities where those invited to attend this Session can present a concept brief for projects and/or initiatives related to policies, tools and applications, among others that will address the needs of persons with disabilities and women and girls through ICT and media. Likewise, the Session will serve as a venue for calling and attracting interested partners and funders to support the proposed projects and/or initiatives.
23-24 October 2013

Registration Deadline:
10 October 2013

Location: Hanoi, Viet Nam

Organised by: ITU & ABU

Supported by:
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Australian Government, and UNESCO

For detailed information, please contact

Ms. Aurora Rubio
ITU Area Office for South East Asia

Organised by:






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