Women in African History: Highlighting African Women’s Contribution to Development and Peace through Open Educational Resources and ICTs

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: 
Senegal, Dakar
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Ms Sasha Rubel - s.rubel@unesco.org

"Nobody tells the story that African women are at the forefront of development” Dr Nkopsazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) stated at the African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa in November 2013. UNESCO, through “Women in African History: An E-Learning Tool” is contributing to changing this story by promoting the central role of women in African history, peace, its development through the use of ICTs.
In the framework of the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2016 under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality,” the United Nations Office for West Africa, in partnership with UNESCO, invite you to a conference on “Women In African History: Highlighting African Women’s Contribution to development and Peace through Open Educational Resources and ICTs,” underlining the uptake of this innovative e-learning tool in West Africa in the presence of UNOWA, UNESCO, and partners in the project.

Agenda

3 - 3:15 – Welcome Remarks and the UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day, 8 March 2016, by M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

3:15 - 3:25 - Presentation by UNESCO on “Women in African History: An E-Learning Tool,”

3:25 - 3:35 - Presentation by Le Journal Rappé, responsible for the production of openly licensed MP3 pedagogical hip-hop content on the UNESCO platform, regarding the importance of using urban culture to promote youth engagement in promoting gender equality.

3:35 - 3:45 – Presentation by Eliza Anyangwe, journalist (CNN/Guardian) and founder of the Nzinga Effect, a website, conference and festival to connect, inspire and equip African women for change through storytelling inspired by “Women In African History: An E-Learning Tool.”

3:45 – 3:55 Presentation by Adama Diène, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Senegal, with whom UNESCO has partnered in the framework of the uptake of the e-learning platform. The Gender Unit is responsible for overseeing the institutionalization of gender dimensions in the ICT sector and strengthening the participation of Senegalese women in public and private institutions of the ICT sector, particularly in decision-making bodies. The ministry also ensures training on digital skills, entrepreneurship and which has led to greater confidence and motivation amongst young women to pursue careers in the ICT sector and produce local content.

3:55 - 4:25 – Discussion and questions

4:25 - 4:35 - Response of panelists

4:35 – 4:40 – Closure of the celebration of International Women’s Day, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

4:40 – 5:00 – Cocktail and the End.