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Monday, December 18 • 09:00 - 10:30
Tackling gender divides: ICT and women’s economic empowerment (WS37)

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Proposer's Name: Ms. Sophie Tomlinson
Proposer's Organization: ICC BASIS
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Timea Suto
Co-Proposer's Organization: ICC BASIS
Co-Organizers:
Ms Reema Nanavaty, Civil Society, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) India
Ms Towela Nyirenda, Inter-governmental Organization, NEPAD, African Union
Ms Sophie Tomlinson, Private sector, ICC BASIS


Session Format: Other - 90 Min
Format description: The format will be a “Campfire Session”. The goal of a campfire session is to create an open forum in which the attendees generate the majority of the discussion and knowledge sharing. The session will open with speakers/experts interventions. For the remainder of the session, the speakers become facilitators, inviting comments and questions from those around the room and letting the audience dictate the ultimate direction of the conversation. Campfire sessions allow attendees to drive their own learning, listen to multiple perspectives on the same issue, and share experiences with individuals throughout the room.

Proposer:
Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector

Co-Proposer:
Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector

Speaker: Ambassador Tobias Feakin, Government of Australia
Speaker: Reema Nanavaty SEWA
Speaker: Souhila Amazouz, African Union NEPAD
Speaker: Kate Doyle, Promundo 
Speaker: Asma Ennafer, Orange
Speaker: Will Hudson, Google
Speaker: Joyce Dogniez, ISOC



Content of the Session:
Internet Governance issue:
This workshop will explore the complex relationship between ICT and women’s economic empowerment and evaluate the contingent probing factors which are posing challenges to women being truly empowered by ICT. The goal is to illustrate how different stakeholders contribute to supporting women’s economic empowerment through ICT and survey opportunities and address challenges faced in developed and developing countries.

Session format:
The format will be a “Campfire Session”. The goal of a campfire session is to create an open forum in which the attendees generate the majority of the discussion and knowledge sharing. The session will open with speakers/experts interventions. For the remainder of the session, the speakers become facilitators, inviting comments and questions from those around the room and letting the audience dictate the ultimate direction of the conversation. Campfire sessions allow attendees to drive their own learning, listen to multiple perspectives on the same issue, and share experiences with individuals throughout the room.

The purpose of this workshop is to survey experiences and generate best practices on how stakeholders can tackle gender divides and boost the use of ICT to promote the empowerment of women. The campfire session format will facilitate this goal by enabling knowledge exchanges through an informal learning environment. Participants will be encouraged ahead of time via social media to bring questions, case examples and subject matter theories of their own to share with the group.

Agenda:
Although discussion and participants contributions will ultimately drive the agenda, the following will be used to guide conversation:
• The session will start with a short video of a case study example of how an ICT application can be used to support women’s economic empowerment (for example a mobile application for rural women entrepreneurs in India which has automated the supply chain process, allowing women to sell farm produce within their local communities more efficiently, to reduce travel time and generate more business opportunities). As an ice-breaker to help participants feel engaged and comfortable in the group, the moderator will ask the audience questions about the case study video by asking for a show of hands. The organisers will explore providing paper and pens with questions for the participants so they have time to reflect on answers. (15 minutes)
• Experts representing different stakeholder groups (business, civil society, technical community and government) will be invited to explain how ICT supports women’s empowerment and the role they play in initiatives which seek to empower women through ICT. Speakers will be encouraged to use concrete examples (30 minutes)
• Participants will share ideas on the probing factors which are posing challenges to women being truly empowered by ICT (for example: online abuse, socio-economic and cultural factors, role of family members, education and skills etc.) and suggest economic, social, technical and governance policy considerations. Speakers will become facilitators, inviting responses to comments and questions from those around the room and letting the audience dictate the ultimate direction of the conversation. The moderator will manage the discussion to ensure diverse interventions in person and remotely. (40 minutes).
• Moderator wrap up and summarize main take a ways (5 minutes)


Relevance of the Session:
This workshop will be directly related to the IGF 2017 theme as it will provide an important discussion on how the ICT ecosystem can support sustainable development (focus drawn to SDG 5) and highlight the ways in which stakeholders can work together to support women’s digital futures and overcome challenges facing women to become truly empowered by ICT.

The issue provides a timely link to Internet governance more broadly as the United Nations 2030 development agenda reflects the growing understanding that ICTs can be powerful instruments for advancing economic and social development through the creation of new types of economic activity, employment opportunities, enhancements in health-care and education and the enrichment of participation and advocacy within society. The WSIS+10 outcome document also recognizes the potential of ICTs as tools for promoting gender equality and Goal 5 of the UN sustainable development goals includes a target to “Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular ICT, to promote the empowerment of women”.The workshop will provide an opportunity for IGF participants to share ideas on how to reach these goals.


Tag 1: Access and Diversity
Tag 2: Empowerment
Tag 3: Gender Issues

Interventions:
Speakers have been chosen to ensure geographic, gender, sector, and stakeholder group diversity. Each speaker will bring a unique perspective and experience to opportunities and challenges faced.

Moderator

-         Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud, ICC BASIS

Speakers

-         Souhila Amazouz, African Union

-         Kate Doyle, Promundo

-         Asma Ennafer, Orange

-         Joyce Dogniez, ISOC

-         Ambassador Tobias Feakin, Government of Australia

-         Reema Nanavaty, SEWA

Online Moderator

-         Müge Haseki, University of Pennsylvania

Rapporteur

-         Sheetal Kumar, Global Partners Digital

 

All speakers will be given the opportunity to share short interventions on the topics discussed and will be encouraged to participate in discussion with participants.


Diversity:
Each stakeholder group will be represented (civil society, business, technical community and government) and speakers will represent different geographies and cultures.

Co-organizers and speakers will include representatives from developing countries (for example NEPAD and SEWA). Co-organizers bring the unique perspectives of a trade union for self-employed women workers (SEWA) and an organization that has experience facilitating and coordinating the development of programmes in Africa (NEPAD).

Efforts will be made to introduce new perspectives in the dialogue such as development practitioners which have not been heard in Internet governance discussions (for example Promundo and SEWA).

Gender balance has been encouraged through speaker choices and each speaker will bring unique expertise and experience to the topics discussed. Efforts have been made to ensure that men are represented in this discussion as they have a role to play in women’s economic empowerment.

Special attention will be made throughout the planning of the session to ensure diverse interventions from workshop participants can be facilitated by working closely with the remote moderator in the planning of the session.

Organisers will encourage remote participation by promoting the workshop and subject area on social media in the run up to the IGF and will explore facilitating interventions from remote hubs.

The remote moderator will be a youth participant and organizers will encourage youth participation. 

Onsite Moderator: Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud, ICC BASIS 
Online Moderator: Youth Ambassador
Rapporteur: Sheetal Kumar, Global Partners Digital 

Online Participation:
The remote moderator will be involved throughout the workshop planning phase in an advisory role. Organizers have identified a youth online moderator for this role to provide a substantive opportunity for an IGF youth participant. The remote moderator will represent the technical community dotAsia and will be invited to assist in bringing youth participants into the discussion.

The Moderator will frequently communicate with the remote moderator throughout the session to ensure remote participants’ views/questions are included. The remote moderator will be asked to raise their hand at any point should an online participant wish to make an

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Session Organizers
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Sophie Tomlinson

Assistant Policy Manager, ICC BASIS
Sophie Tomlinson is the Assistant Policy Manager for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on the Digital Economy and Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) initiative. In that capacity, she manages ICC's policy development from the global bus... Read More →


Monday December 18, 2017 09:00 - 10:30
Room XXI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

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