Thursday, May 20, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM EDT
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Technology is a gateway to new public spaces, markets, and information with major potential for boosting women’s economic activity and participation. Mobile banking, smartphones, and gender-sensitive investment strategies are expanding women’s financial inclusion, spurring entrepreneurship, and strengthening women’s autonomy and decision-making. The COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of climate change has reinforced the importance of closing gender gaps in access to technology in order to build back more equitably and sustainably. New partnerships and coalitions across government, the private sector, and civil society will be needed to take this work forward at scale. Read a summary of promising practices and programs based on the Beijing+25 report.
Innovative leaders discussed promising practices and strategies for using technology as an accelerator for gender equality, and ensuring that women are at the center of our rapidly digitizing world.
Dr. Judith Rodin
Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation
Ms. Reema Nanavaty
Head of Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA)
Ms. Virginia Tan
Founding Partner of Teja Ventures;
Co Founder of She Loves Tech; Founder of Lean In China
Ms. Suman Sureshbabu
Director of Economic Development, Power & Climate Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
Ms. Linda Kamau
Managing Director and Co-Founder, AkiraChix, Building the World’s Leading
African Female Tech Talent
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Dr. Jeni Klugman
Lead Author of “Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls” and
Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
This is the fifth panel of our five-part virtual event series on how to advance gender equality, in partnership with the Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace and Security. The series draws on findings from a groundbreaking report by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and The Rockefeller Foundation: Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls. Read a summary of promising practices and programs based on the Beijing+25 report.