Recent advances made in technology have tremendously changed the way information is being shared in today's societies. However, adapting these advances in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the benefit of women's and girls empowerment still remain a challenge for many states and actors. On Friday 14 March 2014, UN Women organized a round-table discussion on the role of ICT for women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction moderated by Liz Ford, Deputy Editor at the Guardian.
Asked about the role of ICT in advancing the global agenda on women’s economic empowerment, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, emphasized that ICTs are important tools in the knowledge society, and should play a key role in women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction. She mentioned that in several countries ICT are working for the poor, especially mobile technologies which reach and positively affect the lives of millions of women and girls in urban and rural areas. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also emphasized that ICT can amplify women and girls’ opportunities in education and employment, and can bring greater access to health services. “Women and girls embrace technologies which bring concrete benefits to their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.