EQUALS Access Coalition Learning Sessions
The EQUALS Access Coalition Learning Sessions aim to engage diverse stakeholders to discuss practical lessons and solutions to close the digital gender gap. The sessions will draw from research and real-world examples of best practices from different organisations that are driving initiatives to increase internet access and use among women.
These sessions will run as a series of webinars led by different EQUALS partners with recognised experience and expertise in the area of women’s digital inclusion. Each session will consist of a 30 minute webinar delivered via Zoom, including time for Q&A.
By completing this registration form, you will register for all seven sessions and will receive a join link for each. All webinars will be recorded for access at a later time and posted on the EQUALS website.
Session Dates and Topics
Each session will start at 14:00 BST and will last 30 minutes.
|Date||Session Topic||Host Organisation|
|13 August||Top 10 recommendations for reaching women with mobile
across low- and middle-income countries
|20 August||Girls Out Loud: Providing a virtual safe space for girls||Plan International|
|27 August||Women’s digital inclusion in Bolivia: Challenges and Opportunities||Pro Mujer|
|3 September||Gender divide and internet access findings from nationally
representative household surveys in Colombia, Ghana,
Indonesia and Uganda
|10 September||Ensuring young women feel safe and included in online platforms||Digital Opportunity Trust DOT|
Advancing women’s digital financial inclusion: Best practices and
|BBVA Microfinance Foundation|
|24 September||Digital livelihoods support and remote coaching with
extremely poor and indigenous women
EQUALS, the Global Partnership to Bridge the Digital Gender Divide, is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together international organisations, the private sector, government agencies, civil society organisations, and academia to address the growing digital gender divide. The Access Coalition, led by the GSMA, focuses on reducing the gender gap in internet access and use to empower women and girls and reduce inequality.
Leveraging the experience and diversity of its partners, the EQUALS Access Coalition recently published the report 10 Lessons Learnt: Closing the Gender Gap in Internet Access and Use, which includes examples based on the work of the Coalition’s members and lessons learned along the way.
Senior Director, Connected Women
Dominica is Senior Director for the Connected Women team. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2012, she worked with a diverse range of private and non-profit organisations, supporting them with strategy, research, implementation and project management. Dominica spent five years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, working with clients in the financial, charity, healthcare, media, consumer goods and energy sectors. She has also worked for VisionFund International and Shell’s Future Fuels team. Prior to this she founded a wedding and events business and competed internationally as part of the British Sailing Team.
Dominica graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management.
Technology and Strategy Director, Plan International
Global Program Manager, Plan International
Country Representative, Pro Mujer
Research Manager, Web Foundation
Chenai Chair is a digital policy researcher who has extensively focused on understanding the impact of technology in society in order to better public interest in policy. She is World Wide Web Foundation’s Research Manager focused on Gender and Digital Rights and a 2019/2020 Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow focused on assessing adequacy of data protection and privacy regulation in Africa taking on gender and data justice perspectives. Her work has included research on ICT access and use issues from a youth perspective, net neutrality and zero rating and unpacking the gendered digital divide through a feminist perspective. She has supported organisations working on understanding digital ID issues in Zimbabwe and occasionally writes for GenderIT on her experiences as a feminist researcher.
Chenai currently sits on the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group and co-chairs the Gender Best Practice Forum. She has also been part of the African School of Internet Governance core faculty. Chenai holds an MSocSci specialising in Global Studies, a BsocSci (Honors) in Industrial Relations, and a BSocSci in Gender Studies and Industrial Relations from the University of Cape Town.
Project Officer and Gender Specialist, Digital Opportunity Trust South Africa
International Partnerships Lead, BBVA Microfinance Group
Communications Officer, Trickle Up
Asia Regional Director, Trickle Up
Manager (M&E), Trickle Up