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Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age

Side Event: Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age - Implementing WSIS Outcomes and Agenda 2030

This side event on the occasion of the WSIS+10 Summit was organized by the Governments of Costa Rica, Tunisia, Sweden, Switzerland and United States of America  with ITU, UN Women, Microsoft, Mozilla and the Association for Progressive Communication.


Practical Details

Snapshot on the Agenda

Light Lunch served from 1 - 1.15 pm (Vienna Café)

H.E. Ms Anusha Rehman Khan, Minister of State for IT and Telecommunications, Pakistan 
H.E. Ms Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary, Swedish Prime Minister’s Office
H.E. Ms Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, USA 

Ms Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla
Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, APC              

Moderator:  Ms Doreen Bogdan, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU



Background note

2015 is a landmark year for women's empowerment in multilateral and international fora. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by UN Member States in September, identifies ICTs as key enablers of development and as an essential component of transformative solutions to meet today's development challenges. The catalytic power of ICTs for development is recognized as holding 'great promise for human progress' and cited specifically in 4 of the 17 goals and indicated as a cross cutting tool to be utilized for the achievement of all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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