UN Department of Global Communications & UN Civil Society Unit CSW67 Side Event
“Women Leaders in Media: Making Innovative Technology Work for Women and Girls.”
Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
Panel discussion: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. EDT
Hands-on workshop: 11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. EDT
Location: Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Organized as a side event of the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in cooperation with the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), a DGC- associated NGO.
Innovative technology is playing a significant role in creating opportunities for women and girls in media. With the rise of social media, women can now share their stories and experiences directly with the world, bypassing traditional gatekeepers in the media industry. This has led to a proliferation of new voices and perspectives, creating a more diverse and representative media landscape.
One of the biggest challenges faced by women in media is the lack of representation and representation at decision-making levels. However, women leaders in media are making a change by breaking the mold and using their platforms to give voice to the stories and experiences of women and girls.
Women leaders in media are leveraging technology to create new opportunities for women and girls in the media industry. For instance, by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, women leaders are able to automate tasks that were previously performed by humans, freeing up time for creative and strategic thinking. This has the potential to level the playing field for women and girls, who are often held back by gender-based discrimination and biases.
Another example of how women leaders in media are making innovative technology work for women and girls is through the use of virtual and augmented reality. These technologies are being used to create immersive experiences that educate, entertain and engage women and girls, encouraging them to be active participants in media and storytelling.
We cannot look at this topic without taking into consideration the digital human rights aspect to innovative technology as laid out in the Secretary General roadmap for Digital Transformation 2020. He highlighted the need for due diligence in addressing the broad use of digital technology as mechanisms of ‘surveillance, suppression, censorship, and sexual harassment’ of vulnerable groups.