WSIS Forum 2016 High Level Panel on Financing for Development

©ITU/I.Wood

©ITU/I.Wood

I was selected as High Level Track Facilitator, an innovation at the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS Forum 2016  to move from policy speeches to an interactive dialogue and actions. I moderated the high level policy session on “Financing for Development and the Role of ICTs.” One of the most interactive policy sessions, the panel on ‘financing for development’ included Ministers and high level government officials from United States, Namibia, Portugal, Argentina, Tunisia and Azerbaijan.

With 1,800 participants from 140 countries, including 85 ministers and 250 high-level representatives this year, the WSIS Forum is growing in importance. Last December at the WSIS+10 Review, the outcome explicitly called for the close alignment between the WSIS process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the first meeting after that review, the Forum was an opportunity to gather the wider community to discuss the way forward.

Photo credit: Ritu Sharma

More details at the ChunriChoupaal’s website on this link.

Women Empowerment through Digital Media in Pakistan

During one of  my visits to Pakistan, while on a visit to remote areas in the Thal desert of Pakistan, my life took a very interesting turn.

I was documenting the demonstration of student nurses and taking photographs of the chador-clad women sitting in the middle of the road, a rare sight in a remote city like Layyah. Some days later, a few young ladies came to visit me. One of them was Rashda, a fresh graduate from the local college. She had been interviewed for a job at a local relief organisation. The organisation needed female staff for helping out with their female beneficiaries. The only problem was that they needed someone with computer and internet skills. Rashda asked me if I could teach her how to use the computer for data entry in a day. Continue reading