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The Pacific Islands Forum addresses gender disparity in the technology sector

The Pacific Islands Forum joined forces with Outsource Fiji for the auspicious WinTech event, occurred on the 1st of December in Suva. This collaborative effort is geared towards addressing gender disparities in the Pacific’s technology sector and actively advancing the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan.

Acting Director of Policy, Mr Joel Nilon, in his opening remarks said, ‘the 2050 Strategy – is the region’s high level, long-term strategic policy framework and it outlines our collective approach to address regional issues and make the most of the common opportunities we share as Pacific countries and economies’.

Outsource Fiji Executive Director, Ms Sagufta Janif stated, ‘The Women in Tech event aims to address the gender disparities faced by women in Fiji’s tech space by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and knowledge sharing. With the support and sponsorship from PIFS, Outsource Fiji is able to extend its reach and involve women entrepreneurs not only in Fiji, but also from the broader Pacific.’

The eventful day was filled with engaging activities featuring dynamic panel discussions, workshops and roundtable sessions tailored for aspiring women in the tech industry.  The festive Awards ceremony was the highlight of the evening, recognizing outstanding women in the field.

‘Pacific women and girls have made remarkable strides in the tech industry, and their contributions to the development of the sector have spurred an increase in education and careers in many tech-related fields. Breaking barriers and challenging gender norms are often associated with women and girls in this field, and this is something that must be regularly celebrated.’ Mr. Nilon added.

The recent Pacific Leaders’ meeting in November in the Cook Islands saw the approval of the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan. This plan, through its thematic area four (4) on Technology and Connectivity seamlessly aligns with Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap, in underscoring the Forum’s commitment to fostering women’s economic empowerment, promoting gender equality through the technology and connectivity sector.

For the news article from the Fiji Times, click here.

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