Harnessing Technology to Advance Gender Equality

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.

Join innovative leaders for a discussion on 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. 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.