WIFI Launched in June 2016 in South Korea – BWIT represented

WIFI Launched in June 2016 in South Korea – BWIT represented

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT), a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the ‘Women and ICT Frontier Initiative’ (WIFI) on June 9 at the Regional Forum on ICT Human Capacity Development in Incheon, Republic of Korea. 

WIFI aims to create socially and economically-empowered women through ICT-enabled entrepreneurship, supporting women entrepreneurs by enhancing their knowledge and skills in business management and ICT usage. The initiative also aims to strengthen the capacity of government leaders and policymakers to create an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs through gender responsive policies, programmes and services.

“WIFI is a much-needed programme that can have a transformative impact on the lives of women entrepreneurs, their families, and their communities,” said Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP during her opening remarks. “The success of women generates ripple effects, from increased household savings and investment in children’s health and education, to boosting job creation, which can contribute significantly to a country’s socio-economic growth.”

WIFI is the third flagship programme of UN-APCICT, with the mandate of strengthening capacities of member States on using ICT for sustainable development (ICTD). 

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