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Network of Women for WRC-19 (#NOW4WRC19)

A gender declaration on Promoting Gender Equality, Equity and Parity in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector has been adopted at WRC-19. WRC recognizes need to accelerate efforts towards gender equality, equity and parity in ITU community. The ITU Communiqué is available HERE and the BR Director's Statement on the declaration is available HERE
Photo in CPM19-2
Programme at WRC-19, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
  •  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​October 2019 – Launch of the mentorship programme within the Network of Women (NOW) for WRC-19 open to WRC-19 participants. Please register HERE-- OPEN -- 
  •  Thursday - October 31, 17:15 - 18:00 - Introductory Session & Forum of Network of Women for WRC-19, a side event of WRC-19 (Room NILE VALLEY), Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center
  •  Saturday - November 2, 18:00-19:30 - Reception of Network of Women for WRC-19, a social event of WRC-19 hosted by Egypt (Rixos Premium Seagate Sharm El Sheikh hotel). By Invitation only.

Photo in CPM19-2
WRC-19 coming soon! Follow the third series of interviews with leading women and men in Radiocommunications and celebrate with us the International Girls Day: Women mentors share advice about careers in radiocommunications — and WRC-19. Please see ITU News October 2019 HERE

The mentorship programme for WRC-19 participants

The mentorship programme that has started at the CPM19-2 meeting in Geneva, will reopen at the WRC19 conference to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in October 2019. In this edition, the focus will be on the technical topics and processes in relation to the WRC-19 Agenda items. This programme will cover the period of WRC-19 and continues afterwards in preparation for WRC-23.

If you are interested in participating in the mentorship programme and want to:

    • Be informed: a brochure with more information is available HERE
    • Register: please fill in the online registration form HERE -- OPEN  -- 
    • To Follow us: on twitter #NOW4WRC19

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact our facilitator on site or our coordinators:

Dr. Hanane Naciri (Hanane.Naciri@itu.int ) - ITU
Ms Jennifer Manner (Jennifer.Manner@echostar.com) - Echostar
Ms Luciana Camargos (lcamargos@gsma.com) - GSMA   

What is NOW4WRC19?

The intent of the NOW4WRC19 initiative is to start building capacity early on in the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) process in order to encourage a larger participation of women as delegates, chairs, vice-chairs, etc., at WRC-19. Its main objectives are:

  • Gender balance among delegates
  • Prepare women delegates in key roles for WRC-19
  • Grow the ITU women’s community capacity and contribution      

The Network of Women for WRC-19 initiative was launched December 2016 during WRS-16​. For more details please see HERE.

Recent activities

  • ITU-R Study Group Meetings
    • ​During 2018 several sessions and mentorship programmes cycles were organized in the context of Working Party 4A, in February 2018 and in July 2018 at Geneva link; and in the context of Task Group 5/1 meetings, in January, May and August 2018 at Geneva -- link. Further in this context, a social event was organized at the CERN site in collaboration with the CERN women group. Photos from CERN Visit
    • ​During 2017 several sessions and mentorship programmes cycles were organized in the context of Working Party 4A, in May 2017 at Geneva; and in the context of Task Group 5/1 meetings, at Abu Dhabi in September 2017, at Geneva in May 2017 -- link.
  • WRC-19 Regional Preparatory Meetings
    • Introductory session were organized during WRC-19 regional preparatory group meetings : “The 23rd Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) meeting” (Marrakech, Morocco, April 2018). The 1st NOW session in a regional group meeting, co-organized by ITU, the ASMG group and the host agency ANRT(Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications) Morocco. HACA (High Authority for Audio-visual
      Communication) Morocco participate and contribute to this session. link
    • Introductory session were organized during WRC-19 regional preparatory group meetings : “The 2nd meeting of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) WRC-19 Preparatory Working Groups” (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, June 2018).
  • ITU Regional Radiocommunication Seminar (RRS-Arab) in Oman
    • Introductory session were organized during RRS-Arab-17 in December 2017 in Oman: sharing information, experiences and pieces of advice between participants focusing on the work and WRC preparatory process in Arab regions.
  • WSIS 2018
  • Other related activities
    • The Network of Women for WRC-19 (NOW) initiative was launched by François Rancy, Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, during the 2016 World Radiocommunication Seminar (WRS-16)  in Geneva from 12 to 16 December 2016.
    •  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) organized a mentorship program at the session of the ITU Council May 25-June 2, 2016 in Geneva ​ link
    • The WeLead mentoring programme  launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  at the WRC-15 November 2015 in Geneva ​​link
    • Empowering Women in Radiocommunications Negotiations -  Leadership Workshop for delegates attending the RA and WRC-15,  1 November 2015 at ITU HQ, Geneva organized by ITU and UNITAR link​ ​
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The past mentorship programme for CPM19-2 participants & NOW4WRC19 side events at CPM19-2 meeting

 

  • Friday - February 22, 17:30 - 18:00 - Second Session of Network of Women for WRC-19, a side event of CPM19-2 meeting (Lobby 2, CCV)
  • Tuesday - February 19, 17:00-17:30 - Introductory Session of Network of Women for WRC-19, a side event of CPM19-2 meeting (Room 5+6, CICG).
  •  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wednesday – February 13 – Launch of a new mentorship programme within the Network of Women for WRC-19 (NOW4WRC19) open to participants of the ​CPM19-2 meeting in Geneva.

The mentorship programme opened at the CPM19-2 meeting at ITU in Geneva in February 2019. In this edition, the focus will be on the technical topics and processes in relation to the WRC-19 Agenda items. This programme has started at the CPM19-2 and continues until and during WRC-19 (See above).

    • Be informed: a brochure with more information is available HERE
    • Register: please fill in the online registration form HERE-- CLOSED -- 
    • To Follow us: on twitter #NOW4WRC19

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact our facilitator on site or our coordinators:

Dr. Hanane Naciri (Hanane.Naciri@itu.int ) - ITU
Ms Jennifer Manner (Jennifer.Manner@echostar.com) - Echostar
Ms Luciana Camargos (lcamargos@gsma.com) - GSMA        

Photos of Network of Women for WRC-19 events at CPM19-2 HERE

Follow NOW4WRC19 videos

NOW is launching a series of interviews with leading women and men in Radiocommunications to give insights, to tell their stories and to show why more women should join this exciting field.
  • First series, celebrating the International Women's Day: Women spurring innovations in Radiocommunications. Please see ITU Blog March 2019 HERE
  • Second series, celebrating the International Girls in ICT Day: Meet a Mentor! The Network of Women for WRC-19 shares career advice for Girls in ICT Day. Please see ITU Blog April 2019 HERE
  • Third series, celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child # DayofTheGirl: Women mentors share advice about careers in radiocommunications — and WRC-19. Please see ITU Blog October 2019 HERE
Interview with Jennifer A. Manner, Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs, NOW Co-Chairs, EchoStar Corporation at ITU TELECOM WORLD 2019, Budapest, Hungary 9 - 12 September 2019. Video HERE