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ICT, A Powerful Tool to Combat Trafficking of Women - in Collaboration with the Development Gateway

Thursday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Washington, D.C.

About 700,000 people, mostly women and children, are subjected to trafficking yearly.  Most of the women involved are poor and uneducated.  ICT is effectively used in the global efforts to end trafficking of women and girls.  For example, the Internet has been used since as early as 1995 to build an alliance,  discuss strategies and share experiences in efforts to end trafficking.   In other cases, ICT is used to gather data on trafficking, to inform the public about the trafficking, rescue the trafficked women, and rehabilitate those who returned through job training. The seminar will at first discuss the multi-dimensional challenges of trafficking, then look at various effective uses of ICT in anti-trafficking programs in ECA and South Asia regions, including information access in remote areas.  Lastly, the seminar will discuss the pioneering work on how ICTs can be used in the context of a broader policy and e-governance agenda.  

Michele A. Clark, Co-Director of The Protection Project, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C.

Gracia Hillman
, CEO, the World Space Foundation, Washington D.C.

Panelists through videoconferencing:

Roma Bhattacharjea
, Gender Policy Advisor, UNDP Bureau of Development Policy South and West Asia SURF, Katmandu, NepalTrafficking and Human Poverty

Janice Brodman
, Director, Center for Innovative Technologies, EDC, Boston.

Amy Heyden,
Director, Trafficking Prevention Program, Winrock International, Kyiv, Ukraine

Chandni Joshi, Regional Program Advisor, UNIFEM

Closing Remarks:

Nagy Hanna, Senior Advisor, e-Development (ISGIA), World Bank


Updated: 6/3/04

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