BOSTON, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonia Jorge, Research and Consulting Director at Pyramid Research, has been invited to join the recently formed Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender. Ms. Jorge will participate in the Working Group's upcoming meeting on March 16-17 in Mexico City, to be held alongside the Broadband Commission for Digital Development meetings.
Launched in May 2010, the Broadband Commission for Digital Development is a high-level body charged with finding practical ways in which countries can provide broadband networks for their people as platforms for progress, promoting social, economic and environmental development, and helping accelerate the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
Chaired by Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Working Group on Gender will examine the ways broadband networks and technologies can be used to promote the empowerment and digital inclusion of women and girls, particularly in developing countries -- a challenge issued to the Commission by Academy Award-winning actress and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology, Geena Davis.
As an international consultant in communications policy and regulation and an expert on gender and ICT for close to 20 years, Ms. Jorge is delighted to participate in the Working Group on Gender. "With International Women's Day, the month of March is a especially appropriate time for the Working Group on Gender to meet and strategize on proposed action-oriented and innovative outcomes for the work of the Group. I look forward to working with the Commission and the Working Group to further contribute to a vision of the world where digital inclusion and gender equality are a reality everywhere," Jorge says.
Ms. Jorge will work alongside the high-level body of Commissioners and experts to develop the Working Group's work plan for 2013. The Working Group and Broadband Commission will be hosted in Mexico City by the Broadband Commission's Co-Chair, Mr. Carlos Slim Helu.
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About the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was launched at ITU headquarters in Geneva in May 2010 in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call to step up UN efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Mr. Carlos Slim Helu, President of the Carlos Slim Foundation, with ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova serving as joint vice chairs.
Commission members comprise a high-powered international community, including prominent CEOs, top-level policy-makers and government representatives, heads of international agencies, and senior figures from academia and organizations with a development mandate. In 2011, Commissioners agreed on a set of four targets that countries around the world should strive to meet in order to ensure their populations fully participate in tomorrow's emerging knowledge societies.
SOURCE Pyramid Research