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 Former Chief Partnerships and Advocacy Officer Sundaa Bridgett-Jones is the Chief Partnership and Advocacy Officer for the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, a new enterprise to accelerate and scale equitable energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries. She leads a new partnership construct for the Alliance, spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the IKEA Foundation, and the Bezos Earth Fund, […]
- 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 […]