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How Can We Get Beyond Access and Really Empower Women and Girls with Mobiles?
March London Salon

We would be delighted to invite you to RSVP to join a select cohort of thought leaders and decision makers for the first Technology Salon in London, where Henriette Kolb, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Chris Locke, GSMA Mobile for Development, will open up a dialogue to explore how women and girls can be truly empowered through mobile technology.

Girls and MobilesIn 2000, only 4% of developing world had mobile phones, yet the mobile industry body, GSMA, is predicting that by 2015, mobile phone penetration will be 100%.

At this adoption rate, we need to move the conversation about mobile phones on from simply being one about access and to consider the use, purpose, and outcomes we can create when everyone has a mobile device.

To achieve this vibrant connected global community, we need to face up to the fact that women and girls - representing over half the world’s population - are routinely and often actively discouraged from using mobile device.

The debate and discussion at this event will get to grips with a number of key questions:
  • There is a defined mobile gender gap, and while women and girls may soon have access, what will they use mobile devices for? How can we as the development community accelerate their access and ensure it is equal and beneficial - to women and girls, to their families, and to the community at large?
  • In our rush to get women and girls connected, what are the ethical considerations in promoting their use of ICT? When is it right or wrong to influence a female shift to mobile devices? Could this shift be harmful, or actually increase marginalization in vulnerable populations, like women and girls?
  • Finally, there is a gender gap in ICT use globally. Why should we expect a different gender divide in the developing world versus OECD countries?
We would like to invite you to RSVP to this email as soon as possible to secure one of only 30 spaces. The format of this Technology Salon event will only include 30 guests, to allow for a content rich discussion, where everyone has the chance to participate and share fully in the debate. Use of PowerPoint and presentations is discouraged to allow plenty of time for discussion.

   Empowering Women and Girls with Mobiles
   March Technology Salon London
   9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
   Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
   Gates Foundation Central London

Please note that you will receive an email confirming your place at this event.


How Can Mobiles Support Workforce Development for Girls and Young Women
March NYC Salon

Youth and jobs have made their way to the top of the development agenda. At the same time, mobile technologies are becoming more accessible around the world. Mobile is a key element in a number of new efforts to support skills training, job matching, mentoring, microwork and new kinds of entrepreneurship activities.
Mobiles and Girls Workforce DevelopmentBut what are the gender considerations? Are there specific ways that we can support girls and young women to access and excel at these new opportunities? Are we doing enough to ensure girls can participate equally?

RSVP ASAP to hear Trina Das Gupta from Girls Who Code; Kris Wiig from Samasource; and Nancy Taggart from Education Development Center kick off the conversation, which will explore additional questions like:
  • What are some ways that mobile technology can support workforce development for girls and young women?
  • What new opportunities does mobile technology offer that stationary ICTs did not? How can we support girls and young women specifically to take advantage of these opportunities?
  • What about girls and young women in remote or rural areas and those with low levels of education? Can mobile technology support their workforce development?
  • What are the specific gender considerations when designing workforce development programs that use mobile technologies? What risks or unintended consequences might we need to be aware of in programs that aim to use mobile technologies to support girls workforce development programs?
Join the mEducation Alliance and your friends from the Technology Salon for a lively discussion on gender, mobile technologies and youth workforce development, hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative offices. We'll have hot coffee and donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waitlist.

   Mobile and Girls’ Workforce Development
   March NYC Technology Salon
   9 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
   Friday, March 15, 2013
   Clinton Global Initiative
   42nd Floor, 1271 Avenue of the Americas
   New York, NY 10020 (map)

This Salon is part of the Mobiles for Education Alliance’s Mobiles and Youth Workforce Development Working Group Learning Series, an initiative created in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation and USAID.

About the Technology Salon™

subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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