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WTISD 2012 Messages

ITU Secretary-General
Dr Hamadoun Touré

"ICTs play a catalytic role in creating opportunities for people in every walk of life, especially for those among us who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, while providing the framework for long-term sustainable development.

This year, on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, we are determined to harness the full potential of ICTs for the benefit of women and girls by eliminating gender disparities and empowering them to meet their goals and aspirations. The theme of this year’s WTISD, “Women and Girls in ICT”, aims to ensure that this significant, female half of the world’s population will march forward as equals..."

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UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-Moon

I welcome the focus on women and girls as the theme of this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Information and communications technologies are already benefiting women and girls in numerous ways.  E-commerce is expanding opportunities for entrepreneurship. Mobile telephones are enabling midwives to make childbirth safer.  Electronic social networks are allowing women around the world to mobilize as never before for democracy, dignity and human rights.

 

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