UNESCO and BMZ empowers rural girls and women through digital skills training

UNESCO and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) organized a side event on the margins of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women called Cracking the code: Empowering rural women and girls through digital skills. The event received over 500 participants to discuss about factors contributing to women acquisition of digital skills and possible strategies to improve their opportunities as ICT users, creators and innovators.

Some of the main topics discussed were the role of governments, the establishment of role models, improving self-confidence and principles on digital skills training. In the words of Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of the Gender Equality Division, UNESCO “Together we can crack the code, to ensure women and girls, including those in rural settings, have equal opportunities to contribute to and benefit from a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.”