Driving Digital Gender Equality through Mobile Technology Across the Commonwealth

Despite advances in digital technologies, the gender digital divide in the Commonwealth continues to present a significant challenge. Addressing the inequalities that exist in the digital world, from access to digital technologies to participation in digital economy is key to ensuring that women can both benefit from and contribute to enhancing the opportunities that ICTs bring to society.

Against this background, The Commonwealth Secretariat, GSMA and Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network will bring together key stakeholders from across the Commonwealth and the mobile industry to discuss the link between digital gender equality and women’s full and effective participation and leadership in the digital future, which COVID-19 has made more urgent.

Key speakers include:

  • Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Connected Women, Connected Society and Assistive Tech, GSMA
  • High-level representatives from GSMA Connected Women Commitment Partners
  • The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth (TBC)
  • Rose Maghas, CEO, Rova Digital
  • Hon. Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Trade Minister, Rwanda (TBC)
  • Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda (TBC)
  • Hon Achille Bassilekin- Minister MSME and Social Economy- Cameroon (TBC)The Panel will discuss:

o Key barriers to addressing the digital gender divide in the Commonwealth
o The opportunities to leverage the power of mobile technologies to drive digital gender equality
o Specific and concrete actions that Commonwealth governments can take to accelerate

progress towards bridging the digital gender gap
This event operates on a first come, first served basis. Please register by no later than Monday, 15 March 2021.

For more information, please contact Kemi Ogunsanya (k.ogunsanya@commonwealth.int) at the Commonwealth Secretariat or Tamara Dancheva (TDancheva@gsma.com) at GSMA

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