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Video Seminar on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Female Labor Force Participation - Private Sector Opportunities in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Participating Sites:
Washington DC
Seoul (Sookmyung Women's University)
Tokyo (United Nations University)
Phnom Penh 

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This videoconference seminar was the first of two that explore how ICTs empower women to participate in private sector development. Examples that were discussed include:

- The Tianjin Women's Business Incubator (TWBI), a nonprofit business located in Tianjin, China, is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of women-owned businesses. TWBI has focused on employment creation and empowerment of disadvantaged communities. ICTs are used to enhance business effectiveness of both TWBI and its clients. The project is supported by infoDev*"ICTs Impact on TWBI and Women" (PDF410KB)     

- Cisco Networking Academy is helping to close the widening gender gap currently existing in the ICT sector through IT skills training for women. "Cisco Networking Academy" (PDF1.07MB)

- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)'s Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) research project, "Supporting Potential Women Exporters: Optimizing ICTs in Korea" (PDF1.14MB)


Wang Yan, Manager, the Enterprise Development and Computer Hub, and Zhu Hong Yan, Manager, Consultation and Training Department, the Tianjin Women's Business Incubator (TWBI), China

Carl Nai-Kang Fu, Senior Information Officer, Global Connectivity Solutions, World Bank

Elli Takagaki, Program Manager, International Strategies and Partnerships, Cisco Systems, San Jose, California

Kio Chung Kim, Director, Asian Pacific Women's Information Network Center, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea

Chair: Gillian Brown, Regional Gender Coordinator, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank

Facilitator at Tokyo Site:   Birgit Poniatowski, Academic Programme Officer for Capacity Development and Gender Focal Point, United Nations University

Discussants:   Henri Bretaudeau, Consultant, InfoDev, Global Information and Communication Technologies.  Ellie Alavi, Consultant, InfoDev, Global Information and Communication Technologies

Introduction:  Kayoko Shibata, Knowledge Management Analyst, Gender and Development Group, World Bank

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Sponsors:  PRMGE, GICT, infoDev, and e-Development Thematic Group, in collaboration with the United Nations University

*infoDev is a multi-donor facility funding innovative ICT applications for poverty reduction. infoDev is hosted in the World Bank's Global Information and Communication Technologies Department.

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