U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne S. Verveer To Co-Host Inaugural International Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies, and Development

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 8, 2013

On January 10, at 9:00 a.m. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will convene and deliver remarks at the first international Working Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (WICTAD) at the Institute for International Education (IIE) in Washington, DC. Co-hosted by the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and UN Women, WICTAD will bring together representatives from civil society, academia, government, the private sector, and the UN to assess the social, economic, and political implications of the gender gap in Internet access. Participants in the two-day forum will explore opportunities for increased collaboration as well as identify quantifiable goals and strategies for expanding women’s and girls’ access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), related services, and opportunities in the ICT field.

Following the WICTAD opening plenary from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m., Intel Corporation will unveil its “Women and the Web” report, a groundbreaking study providing concrete data on the Internet gender gap in the developing world. Following the report launch, Ambassador Verveer will speak on a discussion panel on “The Internet Gender Gap,” beginning at 10:20 a.m.

Other WICTAD speakers and panelists include UN Women representative Gulden Turkoz-Cosslet; Shelley Esque, President of Intel Foundation; Lawrence Yanovitch, CEO of GSMA; Gary Fowlie, Head of the International Telecommunications (IT) Liaison Office to the UN; and Minerva Novero-Belec, Policy Specialist with the UN Development Programme; Maura O’Neill, U.S. Agency for International Development Senior Counselor and Chief Innovation Officer, and representatives from the UN Foundation, World Bank, and Grameen Foundation.

The remarks, open plenary, report release, and discussion panel will be open to the press.

Final access time for press: 8:45 a.m. at IIE offices at 1400 K Street NW, Suite 700.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information or to pre-register, please contact SGWI_PA@state.gov.

Follow the Forum discussion on Twitter @S_GWI or at #WICTAD and #WomenWeb.

PRN: 2013/0011