Cisco Systems, Inc., and the Cisco Learning Institute (CLI) partnered in April, 2000, to develop the Gender Initiative. The goal of this project is to increase females' access to IT training and career opportunities, beginning with the Cisco Networking Academy Program. This is accomplished through research, targeted gender projects, a best practices repository, marketing, a gender module, and building an ecosystem of partners. The Gender Initiative has been implemented through the Cisco Networking Academy Program around the globe, including targeted gender projects in partnership with several international organizations such as UNIFEM, USAID, UNDP, and ITU. A Women In Technology scholarship program is being implemented by USAID Asia Near East Bureau and the Institute for International Education.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Theme 14. Follow-up and evaluation (PoA, Section E)
Related MDGs: MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Programme, Training initiative
USAID, UNDP, ITU, UNV, UNIFEM, UNRWA, Peace Corps, Institute for International Education, Cisco Learning Institute.