Press by WAVE Media Office – Beirut, Lebanon
Title: WAVE Networking Event for WAVE Executive Committee Meeting
On the occasion of WAVE’s Executive Committee meeting in Beirut, the Arab ICT Organization – IJMA3 and the Lebanese Center for Civic Education – LCCE held a networking event at the Movenpick hotel to highlight some of the recent achievements of WAVE and introduce the Executive Committee members to the media, academics, embassy staff, civil society and the ICT sector.
In the welcome note from IJMA3 and LCCE, it was stated by Roula Mikhael that “we feel satisfied and proud of what we were able to do in transforming our diversity into positive energy that enriched our experience of alliance building, and because we were capable to overcome many cultural, linguistic, political, geographical, and religious challenges, and to emphasize diversity, which is a key value that should be more promoted in our region.” (I would advise rewording this quote to get a summary, rather than listing a long quote where it is hard to tell what the message is)
The cultural, religious, linguistic and geographical diversity of WAVE members, and their ability to work together, despite the political and security conditions, to improve the quality of women’s lives in the region through the use of technology, is a model that gives hope and indicates that women can play a pioneering role in peace building and providing the justice, participation, and rights that they aspire.
Marilyn Cade, Board Member of WAVE, provided an overview of an upcoming event, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which WAVE will be participating in in November. This year, as Ms. Cade explained, WAVE hopes to reach a new level of engagement and to engage the WAVE executive committee members in participation and attendance. The event expects 35,000 participants and is recognized as the most important forum discussing internet governance in the world. Every year the number of ministers and number of senior officials and attendees increases. We come to Brazil in celebrating the 10 years of existence and this year WAVE is with us.
Azadeh Danandeh, WAVE’s Chairperson, who is also the first women in the world to head ICT association (Tehran ICT Guild), highlighted in her speech that “WAVE is seeking to improve the quality of life of women regardless of their race, nation, age, language through technology and ICT“
About Women's Alliance for Virtual Exchange - WAVE
The "Women's Alliance for Virtual Exchange" WAVE is an alliance of non-governmental associations and civil society organizations from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
WAVE is committed to improve the quality of life for women and give them a recognized voice through the use of ICT: the development of the technology sector provides a vital area whose capacity should be taken advantage of to improve women's position and unleash their potential in all fields.
WAVE envisions the region of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia with a better quality of life and recognized voice for women through the use of technology.