Connecting Through ICT: Empowering Girls Through Education

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | September 08, 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014 * 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Royal Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur


This Activate Talk explored what happens when one of the most transformative technologies in the world – ICT — meets one of the most transformational forces in the world – education – and unleashes the potential of one of the world’s most untapped resources…girls and women. And what’s at stake, when it doesn’t.

For years, we’ve known about the gender gap in education. Even with far more girls receiving an education than ever before, globally – boys still outnumber girls in school. As is often the case, when a girl is left out in one area, she is likely to be left out in others, as well — and so it goes with the gender gap in the digital world.

On average, 23-percent fewer women than men are online in the global south. In some regions, the size of the gap exceeds 40%, which constitutes a striking, second, digital divide – one where women and girls are being left behind.

On September 8, International Literacy Day, UNICEF Malaysia hosted an Activate Talk in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the role of ICT innovations in providing a quality education for girls and young women.

Activate Talk KL featured inspirational speakers, highlighting innovative approaches, covering four themes; accessibility, communications, (dis)connectivity and ICT.

The talk was one element of the 7th World Summit on Media for Children, taking place for the first time in Asia, co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, and Radio Television Malaysia (RTM).

This panel is part of a special series of global UNICEF Activate Talks on innovation for children, marking the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this year.


§ Ms. Rani Wemel from MyMobileUniversity

§ Ms. Amelia Gowa from IMPACT Alliance

§ Ms. Wong Gwen Yi from Edvenue

§ Ms. WunMin & Ms. SherMin from Code Equality

§ Ms. Deborah Henry, Co-founder of The Fugee School

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