Friday, March 15th, 2019


1:15PM - 2:45PM

Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York

Launch | EQUALSinTech: Taking Stock of the State of Gender Digital Equality – Launch of EQUALS Research Group’s Inaugural Report

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Date:                      Friday, 15 March 2019
Time:                     1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue:                  Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York


12:45 – 1:15

1:15 – 1:20
Ursula Wynhoven, International Telecommunication Union Representative to the United Nations in New York

1:20 – 1:30
Opening Remarks

Minister Alejandro Verdier, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
Robert Kayinamura, Charge d’Affaiers & First Counsellor, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations

1:30 – 1:40
Presentation on EQUALS Inaugural Report on Gender Digital Equality
Araba SeyPrincipal Research Fellow, UNU-CS

1:40 – 2:25
Panel Discussion on Amplifying Data-Driven and Evidence-Based Actions to Close Gender Digital Gap

Claire Sibthorpe, 
Head of Connected Women Programme, GSMA
Robin Ogilvy, Permanent Observer and Special Representative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner, IoTask
Valerie Barr, Chair of Computer Science; Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College, Computer Science Dept.

Araba SeyPrincipal Research Fellow, UNU-CS

2:25 – 2:30
Symbolic Presentation of the Report and Wrap Up

Michael L. Best, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Araba SeyPrincipal Research Fellow, UNU-CS

The Research Group under the EQUALS Partnership will be launching its inaugural report that offers an overarching global outlook on the state of women and girls’ access, skills and leadership across multiple areas of the digital age.

The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills, and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies. It also presents a compilation of case studies written by more than 25 leading experts and researchers that tell the story of how technology impacts women and girls in various contexts, including jobs and wages, security and privacy, cyber threats, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

The launch will showcase the key findings of the EQUALS Research Group’s inaugural report and highlight the importance of data-driven and evidence-based actions by all relevant stakeholders including government officials, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society actors, and academia. The launch will feature expert panelists to discuss the state of gender digital equality in the world today.

The launch will be held during the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019).

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