WorldPulse Workshop at WSIS+10 High Level Event: The Power of Digital Media-Bringing Women a Global Voice

Iffat Gill
Posted June 4, 2014 from Pakistan

It gives me great pleasure to share with the World Pulse community about the World Pulse workshop at WSIS +10 High Level Event in Geneva, Switzerland on June 9th 2014 at 9:00am. During this workshop, I will be presenting the results of World Pulse's global campaign Women Weave the Web. The aim of this campaign is to crowd source solutions, models, and best practices on digital inclusion and empowerment directly from grassroots women leaders from across the developing world.

Our session will present a preliminary analysis of the hundreds of testimonies we have received from World Pulse sisters from across the globe during the Digital Access Phase. We will share recommendations on how key stakeholders should focus their efforts to support women’s full engagement in the information society. Additionally, our diverse group of speakers will share the solutions they are developing locally to promote digital inclusion.

The session will generate a discussion and reflection with key ICT actors such as technology companies, international organizations, and governments on how grassroots women leaders’ recommendations can be made actionable within the Internet Governance framework.

The panelists include Ms. Jensine Larsen-World Pulse CEO, Ms. Lakshmi Puri-Assistant Secretary General UN and Deputy Director of UN Women, Mr. Stuart Hamilton, Director - Policy and Advocacy, IFLA and Ms. Leana Mazlina-Digital Actions Campaign Manager, World Pulse. The workshop will also feature stories from community members Ms. Olutosin Oladosu – Adebowale, Ms. Beatrice Achieng Nas and myself (Iffat Gill).We will be sharing testimonies from Pakistan, Uganda and Nigeria.

You are invited to participate in the event remotely and also share it with your network. Details of remote participation can be viewed here.

The World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) is a two phase UN Conference that defined the issues, policies and frameworks to tackle the Information and Communication technologies to foster development. One of its chief aims was to bridge the so-called global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the Internet in the developing world.

Links: Details of the Workshop: http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2014/forum/agenda/?se=151Remote Participation Information: http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2014/forum/info/rp.html

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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Stella Paul
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014

You go Iffat! Wishing you all the best!

Iffat Gill
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014

Dear Stella,

Thank you for the words of encouragement and support.

Kind regards.

Olanike
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 09, 2014

You've no doubt got what it takes to shine. I join the World Pulse family to wish you, Olutosin and Beatrice the very best.

Greengirl

Iffat Gill
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014

Hello Greengirl,

Great to hear from you again. I think it is the influence of sisters like you that all of us are shining! :)

Big hug!

Olanike
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014

Yes, together we are better and stronger!

Terry Mullins
Jun 12, 2014
Jun 12, 2014

Hello Iffat! What an exciting time for you (and all of us at World Pulse)! I hope the workshop and your presentation went well. Can't wait to hear!

In Love and Peace, Terry Mullins

Iffat Gill
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Bheki
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014

Hello Iffat--

Incredible to have World Pulse represented so well at this important conference. So often, the "solutions" come from the top down. The Women Weave the Web campaign is really breaking ground by eliciting input from grassroots women who are very much in touch with the real issues of bringing women into the digital age. Sometimes, the barriers are things that we, in developed countries, take for granted and would never factor into the strategies.

Thank you for representing World Pulse at this event. We all look forward to hearing more about how it all went!

Bheki

Iffat Gill
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Susan Spencer
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014

Dear Iffat, Thank you for publicizing such a wonderful event and opportunity to showcase what the WorldPulse community has been achieving. I look forward to reading some follow up articles about the summit. Your efforts on behalf of digital inclusion of women and participation in events such as WSIS are greatly appreciated. Keep us posted! All the best, Susa

Iffat Gill
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 01, 2014

Dear Susa,

Thank you for your comment. I finally managed to update my journal. You can read more about the event at the World Pulse blog or my new journal entry at the following links:

WP Blog: http://worldpulse.com/about/blog/world-pulse-highlights-women-s-digital-...My Journal entry: http://worldpulse.com/node/90710

It was a marvelous experience to represent World Pulse community at the WSIS+10 HLE. With every passing day, it is becoming more and more clear to me that this is what I want to do; I want to bring empowerment and development to women through digital inclusion efforts!

Best wishes,