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Women Byte Back - Tech and Disempowerment

When a woman crosses the border in Saudi Arabia a text message is sent to her male guardian. So while we celebrate progress of technology, it’s easy to forget that technology can underline markedly different agendas. Restricted access can mean women are frequently excluded from education or information, serving to socially exclude and remove their voice.

Haifaa al Mansour, a Saudi Arabian film director and Chhavi Rajawat, the youngest and first female mayor in India discuss how technology can support female empowerment and give disenfranchised women a powerful voice and the means to shape change.

"The most powerful catalyst for sustainable change is an empowered woman" UN Women's Day

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Questions

  1. How can technology be a force of good?
  2. Why should we care about the female cultural "narrative"?
  3. How can technology lend a voice to the disenfranchised- and overcome social and cultural exclusion?

Speakers

Organizer

Dawn Smith, Digital Dev Dirr, JWT


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