Online Exchange: „Empowerment of Women through Digital Solutions”: Review and outlook after a one-year pilot phase

  • When: 6th March 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Where: Skype-for-Business
  • What: Review and outlook after a one-year pilot phase

Today, digital technologies are an important prerequisite for social, political and economic participation. They also offer new opportunities to empower women and girls in a targeted manner in various areas of their lives. In order to tap this potential, the sector program „Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” launched the GIZ-wide competition “Empowerment of women through digital solutions” at the end of 2016. It called for proposals of measures that use an innovative “digital solution” which specifically strengthens women and girls and helps reduce gender-based discrimination.
The competition triggered a great response and the multitude of proposals clearly showed the tremendous potential of integrating empowering digital solutions in our development cooperation. Eventually, the three following winning measures were selected, financed by the sector program and implemented in 2017:

As the pilot phase is coming to an end, we would like to share the Lessons Learnt from the three different contexts and discuss possible ways forward for these digital solutions.

Moderation and introduction to the competition (Stephanie Mumenthaler)

1)    Inputs by the three winning measures from

Tunisia: Women Plant Doctors 2.0
Nadine Guenther, “Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Tunisia” and Peter Lappe, “Green Innovations Centres in Agricultural Systems”

Lesotho: Fight violence against women through an app
Alexander Erich, “Participatory Initiative for Social Accountability (PISA)”, with Gender Links Lesotho and Mainlevel Consulting AG

Myanmar: Infotainment app about labour rights
Irene Genzmer, “Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia”

2)    Q&A / Discussion

We are looking forward to your participation via Skype4Business!

Sector program „Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights”

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