National Training on Women ICT Frontier Initiative in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Jul 4th 2019 - Jul 5th 2019
APCICT/ESCAP, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Vientiane, Lao PDR

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and APCICT/ESCAP co-organized the National Training on Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI): An Enabling Environment for Women Entrepreneurs on 4 - 5 July 2019 in Vientiane.

This workshop informed policymakers and supported their policymaking skills with gender-related knowledge to create an enabling environment for ICT-empowered women entrepreneurs.

Participants were introduced to the concepts of gender and empowerment within the context of the sustainable development goals with a focus on women and information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the gender divide in the use of ICTs. The regulatory environment and processes necessary to ensure gender-sensitive policymaking, and actionable strategies to enable women’s entrepreneurship, particularly through the use of ICTs, was also discussed.

This event was attended by representatives from relevant ministries, academia and training institutions, civil society organizations and women entrepreneurs' associations.