#CreateEquality: empowering girls through technology

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
18:30 – 19:30
Webster University Geneva
9, route de Collex 

Living & Learning Center, Commons Room
(Genthod-Bellevue stop on CFF / TPG)


Veronica Birga, Chief of Section
Women's Human Rights and Gender Section, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Anya Gass, Girls’ Advocacy Alliance Officer
Plan International

Hanaa Singer, Associate Regional Director
UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Susan Schorr, Head, Digital Inclusion Division
International Telecommunication Union

Sarah Grosso, Media Communication Department, Webster University Geneva


#CreateEquality:  Empowering Girls Through Technology is being organized by the Media Communication department at Webster University Geneva, in celebration of the upcoming International Women's Day.

As part of our ongoing Spotlight Seminar Series, this event is free and open to the public.  An apéro and informal networking reception will follow.  Registrations are kindly requested in advance.



The recent #MeToo campaign highlights the potential for technology and social media to give a voice to girls and women. Activist Malala Yousafzai has also described social media as a “political weapon” that enables young people to take action on issues they care about, including women’s rights and equality.  


However, the digital divide remains strongly gendered excluding more girls than boys from the benefits of technology;  these technologies also come with risks such as online violence to which girls and women are disproportionately exposed.


This seminar explores the links between emerging technologies and the human rights of women and girls.  It also explores the potential of these technologies to #CreateEquality drawing on both the challenges and the best practices of how technology is being used to advocate for girls’ rights and to empower women and girls. Plan International will present their recently launched innovative online tool, the Girls’ Rights Platform,  that aims to promote girls’ rights at an international policy level.


In this way, the seminar also reflects the review theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (March 12-23 in New York) which asks about the impact and use of the media and ICTs as ‘an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women’ and girls.  



Our Spotlight Seminar series is organized by the Media Communications Department of Webster University Geneva.  This event is in collaboration with the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). 


We are proud to welcome various external experts from across Genève Internationale, in recognition of the upcoming celebration of International Women’s Day.

Webster University expresses its thanks to the United Nations OHCHR, UNICEF, the ITUand Plan International for their participation in this timely and important event.


Tuesday, March 6

Webster University Geneva
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva


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