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WOMEN WITH the WAVE High Level Forum Series: Turning the tide for Pacific

Women's Economic Empowerment through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Media

Nadi, Fiji - 17 November 2014

Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Island, Nadi, Fiji

Almost all the Asia-Pacific countries, irrespective of their level of development, have generally embraced  the  goal  of  gender  equality  and  women's  empowerment. Achieving these aspirations, however, will not be possible with 'business as usual' attitude, but will require innovative and integrated policies and solutions.

The Women With the Wave (WWW) Forum Series have brought together leading telecommunication and broadcasting practitioners to take stock of the current status of women in said industries. The Series have identified strategies and good practices for achieving, among others, higher representation of females in these areas of professional endeavour, while also encouraging a fairer media portrayal of women and girls.

The first Women With the Wave High-Level Forum on Digital Inclusion of Women and Girls, held in 2012 in Seoul, Republic of Korea issued a Declaration calling on "all who can assist to recognize the digital wave now sweeping the world and to join in supporting the preparation of women and girls for the opportunities and benefits which the knowledge society is bringing to families worldwide and which will do so even more in the future". The Women With the Wave Forum for ICT and Media Inclusion of Women and Girls and People with Disabilities held in 2013 in Hanoi, VietNam built on the outcomes of the Seoul WWW and extended the focus to identify and highlight the global issues for access and participation of persons with disabilities. Diversity inclusion of both groups is important to ensure a high level conversation about the right to information and education, employment and communication that addresses human rights, disadvantages and equal opportunity.

This year's Women With the Wave Forum: Turning the Tide for the Pacific aims to provide a platform for partnership and multi-stakeholder dialogue to debate and showcase best practices on promoting women's economic empowerment through gender-responsive and inclusive environment and workplace policies, facilitated by ICT and media.

The Forum is essentially targeted at senior officials from policy makers, regulators, industry and international organizations who are involved in policies, regulations, operations, strategies and development activities promoting women's economic empowerment through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Media.

Important Notes:

  1. Partial Fellowship Deadline: 31 Oct 2014

  2. The WOMEN WITH THE WAVE High Level Forum Series: Turning the Tide for the Pacific,  Women Economic Empowerment through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Media, immediately precedes the ITU-ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2014: Partnering for Broadcast Development

  3. For practical information for participants and hotel booking, please go to http://www.abu.org.my/pmpc.


 

PROGRAM ​

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Session

  • Opening Remarks:  ITU

  • Opening Remarks:  ABU

  • Opening Remarks: UN Women

  • Welcome Remarks from the Host

09:30 - 10:30

Session 1: Women With the Wave: From Declaration to Action

Moderator: Ms. Anna Fälth, Manager, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women

  • WWW Seoul, Hanoi and Macau

Ms. Aurora A. Rubio, Head, ITU Area Office for South East Asia

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Dr. Amal Punchihewa, Director ABU Technology

  • Markets for Change (M4C) for Pacific Island Countries

Ms. Preeya Ieli, Programme Specialist: Women’s Economic Empowerment Multi Country Office, Fiji UN Women

 

​09:30 - 10:30

​Refreshments and networking break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 2: Digital Inclusion and Economic Empowerment of Women

Moderator: Dr. Amal Punchihewa, Director ABU Technology

  • Women in the ICT Sector:  Time for Action

Ms. Aurora A. Rubio, Head, ITU Area Office for South East Asia [download]

  • Digital Literacy Campaign for Women and Girls​

Ms. Doreen Lango, Manager, Vanuatu National Provident Fund

Ms. Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, President, The South Pacific Computer Society [download]

  • Introduction to Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment

Ms. Anna Fälth, Manager, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women [download]

Ms. Siriporn (Bew) Laosang, Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment
UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

 

Note:

The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment will be launched at the ITU-ABU Pacific Media Partnership (PMP) Conference 2014: Partnering for Broadcast Development on 19 November 2014.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Session 3: Promoting gender inclusive media and information and communication technology (ICT) environment

Moderator: Mr. Monchito B. Ibrahim,  Deputy Executive Director, ICT Industry Development, Information and Communication Technology Office, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines

  • Access to technological and digital platforms

Oliana Nayago, Industry & Community Liaison Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific  |  Suva [donwload]
Ms. Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, President, The South Pacific Computer Society

  • Advocating for a positive, non-stereotypical and balanced portrayal of women across all forms of media and technological platforms.

Ms. Maggie Boyle, Fiji Broadcasting

  • Access to technological and digital platforms

Ms. Aurora A. Rubio, Head, ITU Area Office for South East Asia [download]

15:30 - 16:00

Refreshments and networking break

16:00 - 17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4: MODERATED DISCUSSION and CLOSING

Final panel session to summarize proceedings and seek the adoption of a plan-of-action to take forward the Women With the Wave process on empowering women, turning the tides for the Pacific Island Countries.

Moderator: Ms. Luse Qereqeretabua, Principal Research Officer, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

  • Ms. Anna Fälth, Manager, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women
  • Dr. Amal Punchihewa, Director ABU Technology
  • Ms. Doreen Lango, Manager, Vanuatu National Provident Fund
  • Mr. Monchito B. Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director, ICT Industry Development, Information and Communication Technology Office, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines

Closing Remarks: Ms. Anna Fälth, Manager, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women

Outcome Statement:

Women with the Wave High Level Forum: Turning the Tide for the Pacific
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END OF WOMEN WITH THE WAVE High Level Forum Series:

Turning the Tide for the Pacific