24.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Trinity of Empowerment: South Asian Symposium on Gender, ICT and Education

UNESCO New Delhi and Intel Education will organize a South Asian Symposium on the important and urgent question of the empowering interlink between gender, ICT and education, from 24 to 26 September 2013, Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi.  

Information and Communication Technology has the potential to be a transformative agent, as it can expand access to education, diversify learning, and turn literacy, education, and skills into better livelihoods and an enhanced guarantee of rights for both women and men. The South Asian Symposium takes forward UNESCO's decades of efforts in prioritizing the use of ICTs and gender parity in all education policy. As a lead agency on international and regional dialogue in education worldwide, the UNESCO has consistently implemented its commitment to a gender egalitarian education for all through such dialogue on innovation and cross-sectoral partnership. It is also part of an ongoing collaboration with Intel Education on promoting educational goals and innovation in education policy in South Asia.

Over the course of three days, New Delhi will host leading policy makers, innovators, experts, and educationists from across the South Asian region, in deliberation through keynotes, addresses, working sessions, discussions and activities. The Symposium will be inaugurated on the evening of the 24th, with the screening of glimpses from the film 'Girl Rising' by Richard Robbins (Academy Award nominee), and a keynote address by Chief Guest,  Dr Shashi Tharoor, Hon'ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India.  Distinguished speakers of the evening will include Guests of Honour, Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director of the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office, Dr Kumud Srinivasan, Vice President, Intel Corporation USA, and President Intel India, and Ms Sameera Ali, Secretary-General, Maldives National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO. 

The two days of the conference to follow will see working sessions addressing the gender and policy development process for ICTs and education - understand the existing gender gap in access to ICTs in education, and practical actions which can be taken to mitigate it.

The keynote addresses at the opening session will be delivered by Mrs. Krishna Tirath, Hon'ble Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Government of India, who will be the Chief Guest, and Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Guest of Honour. Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Dr. Rebecca Travares, Representative, UN Women's Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, President of FICCI, and Ms. Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director of Intel South Asia will close theproceedings on the last day with the final plenary session on gender equality as a core development objective.

The sessions within the conference will be led by plenary discussions, and deliberations will be facilitated through catalytic exercises rooted in Intel's Visual Ranking Tool, and the UNESCO-GENIA Toolkit for Promoting Gender Equality in Education. Participants will have the opportunity not only to discuss gender gaps in education and the potential in ICT to transform them, but to identify specific priority areas and actions which can be implemented in different countries and sectors to set the ball rolling immediately. The target year for the Education for All goals, and the Millennium Development Goals - 2015, is on the horizon, and it is expected that the Symposium will contribute to deliberations on the post 2015 agenda for South Asia at large, and be a reaffirmation of our commitment, as organizations and individuals engaged in the process of attaining educated, gender egalitarian societies, to actively and innovatively set about our task.

Concept Note


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