ESCAP’s Women and ICT Frontier Initiative

ESCAP’s Asian and Pacific training Centre for Information and Communication technology for development has launched a new resource for women entrepreneurs in ASEAN. The Women and ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) aims to create socially and economically-empowered women through ICT-enabled entrepreneurship, and enhance the knowledge and skills of women entrepreneurs in business management and their use of ICT. The programme also aims to help government leaders and policymakers develop gender-responsive policies, programmes and services. WIFI employs a two-track approach: Knowledge enhancement. This includes learning the concepts and principles of women’s empowerment; the role and potential of ICT; the links with the SDGs; and planning and managing a business. ICT skills enhancement. This entails use of ICT and applications in various business functions. In addition, the WIFI Info Bank knowledge platform shows where entrepreneurs can find programmes on ICT literacy as well as business-related tools and applications. WIFI was launched in June 2016 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Partners from government and civil society showed how the programme could benefit current and aspiring women entrepreneurs in Cambodia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan. Technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Intel also backed the WIFI project. Subsequently, WIFI has been launched at national level in Sri Lanka in partnership with the Information and Communication technology agency and the ministry of Women and Child affairs. The launch was followed by a training of trainers and community workshops in two districts that were severely affected by the civil war. 


ESCAP-APCICT (2016) Women and ICT Frontier Initiative.
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