As the third episode in the #RFBreakthrough series, “The Great Equalizer or Divider: Technology for Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment”, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a livestream discussion with Vital Voices on how we can use technology as a means to an end to achieve gender equity during the pandemic and beyond.
The Covid-19 pandemic has widened gender and economic inequalities. According to a new analysis commissioned by UN Women and UNDP, by 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day —including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of Covid-19. Building on the progress achieved since the landmark 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the conversation around how technology can reset these predictions to empower women and girls around the world is timelier than ever. To bring this conversation to life, our panelists highlighted real-life examples from their work and answered questions from the audience.
- Sundaa Bridgett-Jones Managing Director, Policy and Coalitions Sundaa Bridgett-Jones leads the Foundation’s support of policy innovations to help solve pressing international development issues including state fragility, global governance, and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this portfolio, she developed a global resilience initiative to transform humanitarian and development aid delivery in Africa and Asia, and oversaw the development of […]
- Esra’a Al Shafei Founder, Majal.org Esra’a Al Shafei is a Bahraini human rights activist, an outspoken defender of free speech, and founder of Majal.org, a network of digital platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices. A native of Bahrain, Esra’a works avidly to increase and protect free speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and improve the lives of […]
- Alyse Nelson President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership
- Virginia Tan Co-Founder, Teja Ventures and Lean In China Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. As a pioneering thought leader for gender and technology in Asia, she founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. Virginia Tan is also the founder and former president of Lean In […]