The GWT Initiative
The Global Women and Technology Initiative (GWT-I) is an initiative of the International Taskforce on Women and Information and Communication Technology (ITF) and its basic aim is to measurably and significantly increase the participation of women in technology.
The GWT's goal is to set up 10 Regional Centres around the world based on a multi-stakeholder organization and a customized 'Bold Global Multi-Stakeholder Strategy and Action-plan and to bring about a major break-through in regard to women's participation in the knowledge-based economy' adopted 9-10th of December 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. The regional centers will act as a single point of regional contact in their region.
The European Centre for Women and Technology was set up as the first of the ten Regional Centers and from the 30th of September 2008 the ECWT chairs the rotating leadership of the GWT Network.
Eva Fabry, Director
The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT)tel: +47 924 77 960 +47 924 77 960 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Centers under start-up:
Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT
Director Generaltel: +233 21 683579 e-mail: email@example.com
Coordinator Women of Ugande Network (WOUGNET)
Deputy Director, Senior Research Fellowtel: +256 414532035 +256 414532035 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Asia-Pacific Centre for Women and Technology (APCWT) held its start-up meeting in April 2008. The centre is hosted by CRIC - Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness, University of Ballarat.
Patrice Braun Dr.
CRIC- Center for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness, University of Ballarat
Interim Director, Senior Research Fellow
tel: +613 5327 9465 +613 5327 9465 e-mail: email@example.com
The Latin American Centre on Gender and the Information Society was launched on the 17th of May 2009. The centre is hosted by the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women in Science and Technology in Latin America, and FLACSO, Buenos Aires, Argentina
UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America Director, Gender Society an d Policies Area, FLACSO, Argentinatel: +54 11 5238 9337 +54 11 5238 9337 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Behjat Al Yousuf Dr.
Dubai Women's College
Associate Directortel: +971504516151 +971504516151 e-mail: email@example.com
WIGSAT-Women, Science and Technology, Canada
Executive Directortel: +1 905 355 5124 +1 905 355 5124, +1 647 723 5069 +1 647 723 5069 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Taskforce on Women and ICTs (ITF) was launched by representatives of 46 national and international organizations from 23 countries, including UN organizations, multi-national corporations, international and local grassroots NGOs, aid agencies, and others in November 2006 with the overarching goal to ensure women’s full participation in this inclusive information society as leaders and creators, as well as users of ICT.
A 'Declaration of Agreement in Support of Girls and Women in Information and Communication Technology' serves as the foundation of the ITF and is signed by all new members joining the global and regional efforts to ensuring ITF goals.
In order to ensure that the participation of women in education and employment in ICT and engineering globally is measurably and significantly increased within five years, the ITF has identified four outcomes for women and girls that will shape its activity to 2011.
- Increased access to ICT globally through formal and non-formal education and training;
- Improved technological literacy and expertise;
- Participation in the use, development, and design of ICT hardware, software, and content, including as entrepreneurs;
- Increased presence and leadership at all levels and in all aspects of ICT, e.g. policy and decision making, regulation, program development, and the workforce.
Why ITF - Europe?
Europe was one of the first continents to start-up discussions between key stakeholders toward the creation of a European Centre for Women and ICTs as one of the Regional Centers in line with the 'Bold Global Multi-Stakeholder Strategy and Action-plan to bring about a major break-through in regard to women's participation in the knowledge-based economy' adopted 9-10th of December in Kuala Lumpur.In March 2008 the plans for setting up of the European Centre were presented in Brussels in three fora:
The 4th of March in the High-level meeting of the e-skills Industry Leadership Board
The 6th of March during the EU Conference arranged by the European Commission: Move out from the Shadow: Seize the OpportunITy!
The 7th of March the 1st Multi-Stakeholder Partnership meeting was hosed by the ITF and sponsored by the Commissions DG INFSO.Thereafter the decision was taken to set up the International Taskforce on Women and ICTs in Europe (ITF-Europe) as a temporary group acting in a similar way and engaged for similar goals as the ITF but in the European regional context and assisting the start-up and the work of the European Centre for Women and Technology.
Members of the ITF-Europe Working-Group
- Margarita Artal Serrat. Director of the Center for European Initiatives and Research in the Mediterranean (CIREM-Barcelona), Spain
- Sasha Bezuhanova, General Manager Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria
- Myriam Diocaretz, Director MDD Consultancy – Information Society Services, The Netherlands
- Dr. Marion Esch, Research Director, FemTec, Germany
- Eva Fabry, Coordinator ITF-Europe, European Affairs Manager, Papirbredden Innovasjon, Norway
- Angele Giuliano, Director Across Limits, President of Foundation of Women Entrepreneurs FEW Malta, Member of the Board of WINNET Europe
- Bev Hurley, Director of Enterprising Women, CEO YTKO
- Dr. Irene Kamberidou, Senior Lecturer, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- Dr. Irina Khomeriki, Head of Georgian Branch of International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), and Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia
- Marina Larios, Inova Consultancy, President WITEC, UK
- Dr. Maria Palasik, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, President WITEC Hungary
- Nancy Pascall, Gender Equality Expert, European Commission, DG INFSO, Directorate C, Observer
- Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Equalitec, Portia, UK
- Dr. Petra Puchner, Director, Steinbeis Europa-Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany
- Ann-Christin Samuelsson, NUTEK – The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Director of the Women Resource Centres Programme, Sweden
- Antoinette Taille, VHTO, The Netherlands
- Riitta Vanska, Senior Manager, Education & Research Policy, NOKIA Corporation, Finland