The Working Group on Broadband and Gender: 1st onsite meeting, 16 March 2013, Mexico City
The first face-to-face meeting of the Working Group took place on Saturday 16 March, featured presentations by a number of organizations leading projects in the ‘gender and technology’ space, including Changecorp, GSMA, Intel, Telecentre.org and ITU. ITU’s digital literacy partnership with Telecentre.org has already trained over 625,000 women in basic digital skills, and is well on track to meet its target of one million women trained by 2015.
Chaired by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Working Group meeting attracted 69 Commissioners, special representatives and guest experts, making it the best-attended Working Group of the Commission to date.
The new gender target was one decisive outcome this meeting of the Broadband Commission Working Group, which was launched in New York in 2012 by Geena Davis, actor, advocate and ITU’s Special Envoy on Women and Girls.
The new target mandates ‘gender equality in broadband access by the year 2020’. At present, ITU figures confirm that in the developing world, women are much less likely to have access to technology than their male counterparts. While that disparity is lower in developed countries, a measureable gap nonetheless still exists, even in the rich world.
Then Commissioners gathered for the 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, held on 17th march in Mexico City, have agreed an ambitious new target designed to spur female access to the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs).