As part of the International Women’s Day celebration organized by a group of United Nations agencies at the UNESCO headquarters, Ms. Andalib Adwan, founder and director of the Community Media Center, presented a research paper on “Innovation and Technology to Achieve Gender Equality.” In her paper, Adwan discussed the levels of the digital divide between the sexes, and its impact on expanding economic and social inequalities between men and women in Palestinian society. She also touched on the importance of enhancing protection for women and girls in the digital space and addressing gender-based violence via the Internet and information and communication technologies. Adwan mentioned the #Masahatuna_application, which was produced by the Community Media Center a year ago, as one of the qualitative solutions that succeeded in investing in innovation and technology to achieve gender equality, as the application works to support and facilitate the access of women and girls who are subjected to domestic violence and its survivors to the multisectoral services provided by institutions operating in Gaza. She referred to the Digital Safety Guide issued by the Community Media Center to promote awareness of digital safety concepts and practices while using the Internet.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.