In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is happy to announce that, as of January 2014, over 1 million women from different parts of the world have been trained and acquired new ICT skills under its Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign.
The campaign, which kicked off in 2011, is a joint undertaking of TCF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICTs. With a total of 1,014,096 women trained, the original 1 million target was surpassed through the combined efforts of 153 participating organizations in 79 countries.
“Partnership is key in any undertaking, and what we have achieved so far under the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign is a testament to this. I, therefore, take this opportunity to thank ITU and all our partners in this campaign for accepting the challenge and for embracing this cause with so much fervor," says Miguel Raimilla, TCF’s Executive Director. “We may have already reached our target, but the work doesn’t stop here. There is still so much more to be done out there, and the program will definitely continue to empower women worldwide through ICT, in the hopes of inspiring change and ultimately bringing about the much needed results,” he added.
TCF also acknowledges the critical role played by telecentre managers in the attainment of the 1M target. Their untiring efforts and valuable contribution to the campaign could in no way be discounted. In 2011, TCF, in collaboration with its 6 regional telecentre network partners, organized the Global Search for 100 Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers. The competition is a component of the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign, and the winners’ stories have since been compiled into an ebook entitled “Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers – 100 Stories”. The English version of the ebook was released middle of last year, while its multilingual version was released towards the end of 2013. A copy of both versions are available for download here. Meanwhile, other inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by technology, including those who have been trained in digital literacy under the campaign, are available in the Inspiring Stories section of the Telecentre Women website.
Moving forward, TCF will continue to beef up its efforts to empower women across the globe by equipping them with the necessary ICT skills that will enable them to participate actively in today’s information society.
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