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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Women’s voices cocreate the Internet

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Women represent approximately half of the world's population. However, many cannot even imagine that they could benefit from ICT for their own development and empowerment because access to digital technologies and their fundamental rights are denied for socio-economic, socio-political and/or socio-cultural reasons. In addition, women are 50% less likely than men to access the Internet, and 30-50% less likely to use it for personal empowerment (Web Foundation, 2015). And although the barriers to this are varied, we must note that the top 3 are quite telling: lack of knowledge, high costs and little relevant content

Given this scenario, in this session we want to put faces to these statistics in order to show some efforts that seek to empower women from underserved and discriminated communities and change these figures. On the one hand, we will screen a 15-min documentary made by a group of women from a slum in Bogotá, who, at the same time that were trained in techno-policy, talk about their lives, their hopes and the desire to empower themselves and build collective dreams. This will be follow by a conversation that will present the experiences within the project. On the other, we will share the experiences and learned lessons of a digital literacy project for indigenous women in Mexico and how the digital divide becomes a double exclusion element in their social, political and community contexts.

We want to promote this dialogue because we believe that the ideal Internet is where women can create, innovate, exchange ideas, express their sexuality, become a source of information, run their own businesses and participate on equal terms with our male counterparts.

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Amalia Toledo

Project Coordinator, Fundación Karisma

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT