TechWomen: Driving ICT, Innovation & Collaboration in CASA

7 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico

Agenda

This purpose of this workshop is to explore collaborative programs that will focus on women and technology and its implications for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth among players in Central and South Asia (CASA). 

Majority of the women in Central and South Asia do not have access to education, technologies, sustainable livelihoods and live below poverty line. Access to internet is considered a luxury, with women and poor comprising the underserved. Issues include: digital literacy, local technologies, local content, poor infrastructure, cost of bandwidth, quality of service and inadequate policies. 

The Internet and information, communication, and knowledge technologies have provided innovative ways to address the challenges faced by women in these countries but most of these innovations are not shared widely. This workshop will bring entrepreneurs, women executives, and technology thought leaders from across Central and South Asia to discuss: (1) What is going on with policy and practice regarding women and technology in central and south Asia; (2) Share research reports on gender, technologies, technical knowledge and what the workshop participants have done for women and technology in the region; (3) Foster collaboration among target countries by creating a network of women in technology; (4) Explore capacity building ideas, including online learning that could be done on a collaborative basis in the region; (5) Explore what technologies could facilitate collaboration among women, for example a platform for networking, an online repository of resources.

AGENDA

The workshop agenda/ format will include: 

1) Overview of the Session (6 minutes): The moderator will introduce the session objectives, topics, agenda, and the speakers. (Moderator: Maria Beebe)

Session Objective: To explore collaborative programs that will focus on women and technology and its implications for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth among players in Central and South Asia (CASA).

Overview of Internet Governance (IG) Topics:

  • Decision Making Processes and Fora  - the most important decision-making processes and flora whose outcomes affect the way in which the Internet works and develops in the country 
  • Issues - the most important issues with which Internet Governance is concerned 
  • Stakeholders - the most important stakeholders (men, women) who participate in the discussion of those issues and who are affected by the decisions


2) Country Presentations (30 minutes): The country presentations will summarize Status of IG in their country and Implications for Women: 

  • Overview of Internet Governance (IG) by country: Framework 
  • Decision Making Processes and Fora  - the most important decision-making processes and flora whose outcomes affect the way in which the Internet works and develops in the country Issues - the most important issues with which Internet Governance is concerned Stakeholders - the most important stakeholders (men, women) who participate in the discussion of those issues and who are affected by the decisions
  • Overview of Gender, Policy and Practice: (1) What is going on with policy and practice regarding women and technology in their respective countries; Share research reports on gender, technologies, technical knowledge; and, (2) What is the workshop participant's organization doing for women and technology in the region. 
  • Suggestions & Action Required: What is needed to build capacities of TechWomen, create enabling environment for TechWomen, and foster collaboration to share knowledge, experiences etc. 

The presenters will be as follows: 

  • Afghanistan (Omar Ansari and Shabana Mansoory) - 6 min
  • Tajikistan (Zuhra Halimova) - 6 min 
  • Kyrgyzstan (Lira Samykbaeva and Tattu Mambetalieva) - 6 min 
  • India (Subi Chaturvedi) - 6 min 
  • Pakistan (Sahar Habib and Naumana Suleman) - 6 min

3) Breakout into Small Groups (15 mins)

The participants will break out into three discussion groups (DGs), including Remote Groups, to discuss challenges and responses to regional collaboration Among Women. Each group should have a moderator, rapporteur, and a representative to make a report back to the main group. 

Each small discussion group will take one of the following topic outlined in the description above: 

  • DG# 1: Foster collaboration among target countries by creating a network of women in technology;
  • DG# 2: Explore capacity building ideas, including online learning that could be done on a collaborative basis in the region;
  • DG# 3: Explore what technologies could facilitate collaboration among women, for example a platform for networking, an online repository of resources.

4) Report Back: Suggestions for Next Steps and Action Plan (15 minutes)

The groups will report back to the main group in the following order:

  • DG# 1: 5min
  • DG# 2: 5min
  • DG# 3: 5min

5) Action Planning (30 minutes)

After the main group hears the small group reports, following resource persons will speak about how they and their organizations can contribute to create an action plan and execute it in CASA:

  • Marilyn Cade - IGFSA, Global Connect, DNS Women- 2min 
  • Sylvia Cadena - APNIC- 2min
  • Joseph Gattuso - Department of Commerce - 2min
  • Sheen Handoo - Facebook India
  • Karen McCabe - IEEE
  • Carolyn Nguyen - Microsoft - 2min
  • Lorrayne Porciuncula - OECD- 2min

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Abdurahmanova, Mavzuna - Open Society Initiative (Tajikistan)
Ansari, Omar Mansoor - Technation Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
Habib, Sahar - Islamabad Civic Innovation LabCode for Pakistan (Pakistan)
Halimova, Zuhra - Open Society Initiative (Tajikistan)
Mambetalieva, Tattu - Civic Internet Policy Initiative (Kyrgyzstan)
Mansoory, Shabana -Technation Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
Samykbaeva, Lira - Soros Fooundation (Kyrgyzstan)
Suleman, Naumana - Bytes for All (Pakistan) 

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