UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

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Under the theme "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality", the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2023 highlighted the need for inclusive and transformative technology and digital education. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 8 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

8 MARCH 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President of the General Assembly:
“I am delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day and join your call for gender-inclusive innovation, digital education and technology.
These advances merit our full attention if we hope to achieve the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President of the General Assembly:
“By 2050, 75 percent of jobs will be related to science, technology, engineering and math – STEM, as we call it in an abbreviate manner. Yet today, women make up merely one third of the workforce in the 20 largest global technology companies. And only 57 percent of women use internet. These facts speak to the challenges before us. They also speak to the massive opportunities offered by innovation and technology to rapidly transform the narrative for women and girls by 2030.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Earle Courtenay Rattray, Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of The Secretary-General:
“Online mob violence is a direct attack on democracy and is effectively censoring women, hounding them from office, and blunting girls’ ambition to step up as leaders. We need action to create a safe digital environment and hold harassers, abusers and the digital platforms that enable them to account. That is why I have called on governments, regulators, technology companies and the media to stop the hate, set up guardrails, and enforce them. And it is why we are working to advance a Code of Conduct for information integrity on digital platforms.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Earle Courtenay Rattray, Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of The Secretary-General:
“And without women’s contributions, tomorrow’s digital products and services will have gender inequality built into their code, right from the start. Science and technology should be objective and address bias. But today, because of incomplete data and poorly-designed algorithms, they may make bias worse. We must ensure broader participation in the design of technologies – with human rights at the heart.”
10. Med shot, General Assembly Hall
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mathu Joyini, Chair, 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Permanent Representative to the United Nations (South Africa):
“Let me once again on this day express my solidarity to all women in conflict affected areas and disaster affected areas. Our thoughts are with you on this day in particular, and we continue to wish you strength.”
12. Med shot, General Assembly Hall
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Women activists are everywhere standing up. And calling for an end to harassment, to violence, to discrimination in education, in the workplace, in legislation. In all aspects of their lives. Today, on International Women’s Day, let us affirm our resolve honoring the brave and tireless work of all these women.”
14. Various shots, singer performing
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Also, Online and ICT facilitated gender-based violence, has kept women and girls at risk in digital spaces. Without decisive action the digital gender divide will become the new face of widening social and economic inequalities.”
16. Med shot, General Assembly Hall
17. Various shots, performers singing


STORYLINE:

Under the theme "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality", the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2023 highlighted the need for inclusive and transformative technology and digital education.

The President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly addressed the participants. He said, “I am delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day and join your call for gender-inclusive innovation, digital education and technology. These advances merit our full attention if we hope to achieve the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Csaba Kőrösi also said, “By 2050, 75 percent of jobs will be related to science, technology, engineering and math – STEM, as we call it in an abbrevative manner. Yet today, women make up merely one third of the workforce in the 20 largest global technology companies. And only 57 percent of women use internet.”

He continued, “These facts speak to the challenges before us. They also speak to the massive opportunities offered by innovation and technology to rapidly transform the narrative for women and girls by 2030.”

Secretary-General’s remarks to International Women Event were delivered by Earle Courtenay Rattray, Chef de Cabinet.

According to António Guterres, online mob violence is “a direct attack on democracy and is effectively censoring women, hounding them from office, and blunting girls’ ambition to step up as leaders.”

He noted, “We need action to create a safe digital environment and hold harassers, abusers and the digital platforms that enable them to account. That is why I have called on governments, regulators, technology companies and the media to stop the hate, set up guardrails, and enforce them. And it is why we are working to advance a Code of Conduct for information integrity on digital platforms.”

Mathu Joyini, Chair of the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women also spoke to the participants. She said, “Let me once again on this day express my solidarity to all women in conflict affected areas and disaster affected areas. Our thoughts are with you on this day in particular, and we continue to wish you strength.”

UN Women Chief Sima Sami Bahous also highlighted harassment related issues, she said, “Women activists are everywhere standing up. And calling for an end to harassment, to violence, to discrimination in education, in the workplace, in legislation. In all aspects of their lives. Today, on International Women’s Day, let us affirm our resolve honoring the brave and tireless work of all these women.”

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said, “Online and ICT facilitated gender-based violence, has kept women and girls at risk in digital spaces. Without decisive action the digital gender divide will become the new face of widening social and economic inequalities.”

The high-level event brought together technologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and gender equality activists to provide an opportunity to highlight the role of all stakeholders in improving access to digital tools.
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