WSIS Forum 2016 High Level Panel on Inclusion

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I was invited to speak at the high level policy session as a High Level Speaker (civil society) on Inclusion at WSIS Forum 2016 which took place in Geneva,Switzerland. I highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusion of women in the existing workforce. My intervention included challenges faced by community leaders and grass-root organisations to implement digital literacy programs for girls and women. Other issues I highlighted were unconscious bias, safes spaces (both online and offline) for women to learn, work and express themselves, attitude of men towards inclusion.

The panel included High level government officials and ministers from around the world.

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.

Details at the ChunriChoupaal’s website on this link. The WSIS Forum 2016 High Level Track Outcomes and Executive Brief can be viewed here.

Full speech is available upon request.

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