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Friday, September 29 • 9:50am - 10:00am
Closing the Gender Digital Divide for Women's Economic Empowerment

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Over 1.7 billion women in low and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones, cutting them off from economic opportunities and community services. This statistic underlies the reality that women the world over are 14 percent less likely to own a mobile phone as compared to men. Even if a woman does own a mobile phone, she is far less likely to make full use of its potential. Yet closing the digital gender divide can be be an incredible catalyst for empowering women and girls around the world.

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Michelle Bekkering

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID
Michelle Bekkering joined the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment in July 2017 as a Deputy Assistant Administrator.  In this capacity, she oversees the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment portfolio for the Agency.  USAID advances gender equality and women’s... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 9:50am - 10:00am EDT
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center