On Saturday 16 March, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in the meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development (BBCD) Working Group on Broadband and Gender chaired by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. The discussions focused on the various challenges to overcome and to ensure global broadband roll- out does not deepen the existing gender divides - in terms of access, skills or economic opportunities.
Several initiatives and experiences were presented during this dialogue, demonstrating how broadband and new technologies, especially mobile technology, could have a significant impact on empowering women and contributing to a sustainable and inclusive human development.
Together with the other Members of the BBCD, the Director-General took part in the opening ceremony of the Aldea Digital (Digital Village) at Plaza de Zocalo. The ceremony, attended by the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications and the Mayor of Mexico, Dr Miguel Angel Mancera was preceded by a guided tour to the Digital Village, showcasing different programmes and initiatives on digital education and culture, digital libraries, ICTs for early childhood education etc....
The Director-General also held a meeting with the staff of the UNESCO Office in Mexico and visited the 'Casa Luis Barragan' which is inscribed on UNESCO’s Word Heritage List.