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Network of Women for WRC-19 (NOW4WRC19)

[NEW] 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.

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ITU is pleased to announce the kick-off meeting of the Network of Women for WRC-19 during the World Radiocommunication Seminar 2016 (WRS-16) on Tuesday, December 13th, 12:45-14:00 in Room L (ITU Montbrillant Building 1st floor).

What is the Network of Women for WRC-19 (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 will cover main ITU-R events from now until WRC-19.
The NOW4WRC19 initiative builds on the success of the WeLead mentoring programme launched by FCC at the WRC-15. It benefits from the experience of 15 years of growing synergy between the community of women delegates in the radiocommunications sector, from the Annual Women’s Breakfast​, to the Women's Leadership Workshop at WRC-15. ​
NOW4WRC19 aims to continue growing the synergy of this community and providing a forum for sharing knowledge, networking and mentoring.

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Kick-off event at the WRS-16 – Soft launch of Network of Women for WRC-19


Opening remarks by Mr François Rancy, Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau


Moderated by Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin , Chief of ITU's Strategic Planning and Membership Department


Ms Julie N. Zoller, Senior Deputy Coordinator and Director of Multilateral Affairs, U.S. Department of State, former ITU RRB Member, Chairman of ITU Council 2016

Prof Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

Ms Betty Bonnardel Azzarelli
, Managing Director, AB5 Consulting and board member of the International Women in Engineering and Science (INWES) Europe.

Dr Hanane Naciri, Radiocommunication and Software Engineer, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau


Closing remarks by Mr Mario Maniewicz Deputy to the Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau