In her third on-site mission to India in 2023, Ms Miller Van Dÿck joined hundreds of international W20 delegates in celebrating release of official W20 India recommendations delivered to G20 leadership on behalf of the world’s girls and women. In this context, the W20 India Communiqué 2023 was officially handed over by Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Chair of India W20 2023, to Shri Amitabh Kant, G20 India Sherpa, in the presence of Smt. Smriti Z. Irani, India Minister of Women and Child Development, Dr. Shamika Ravi, Member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, and Mr. Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator for India.
In addition to representing EU feminist civil society toward the W20 for the sixth consecutive year, over the course of 2023, Ms. Miller Van Dÿck also had the honour of chairing the W20 India Taskforce on Education, Skills Development and Labourforce Participation. In this capacity, she led global W20 delegates to contribute expertise on these issues critical to the world’s girls and women, resulting in inclusion of the following language in the 2023 India W20 Communique:
Education is a human right. For peaceful, equitable, and prosperous societies, it is necessary to educate girls and women. The economic contributions of women must be appropriately recognized, rewarded and supported throughmeasures that promote decent and predictable work, gender-equitable sharing of care responsibilities, strengthening public social infrastructures, and a guarantee of freedom from gender-based violence everywhere.
Specific Recommendations from the Skills Taskforce, as well as those for all five W20 India Priorities, may be found in the 2023 W20 Communiqué.
Join the Onsafe Project by DLI to address sexually related online risks. We invite young people aged 13-35 to participate in our anonymous survey, helping us to identify training needs and enhance online safety.
1. Identify training needs: Assess your knowledge and help tailor educational programs for specific needs.
2. Anonymity and confidentiality: Your identity will remain anonymous, and data will be securely stored for the project’s purposes.
3. Make a difference: Contribute to a safer digital space, foster responsible digital citizenship, and empower future generations.
How to Get Involved:
1. Visit the survey link and choose your language: Take the survey in English or in French.
2. Spread the word: Encourage others aged 13-35 to participate and help gather valuable insights.
Your participation in the Onsafe Project survey contributes to a safer online environment. Join us today to empower young individuals and promote responsible digital behavior. Together, we can create a safer digital space for all.
We are thrilled to announce that the Digital Leadership Institute (DLI) has become a founding member of GLIDES (Global Internet Governance, Digital Empowerment, and Security Alliance). This partnership, launched May 13th, 2023, marks an exciting milestone in our ongoing commitment to shaping the future of the digital world.
GLIDES is a collaborative initiative that brings together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from various sectors to address critical issues in internet governance, digital empowerment, and cybersecurity. As a founding member of GLIDES, DLI joins forces with renowned industry leaders, advocacy groups, academic institutions, and governmental bodies. Together, we will work towards the development of inclusive policies, innovative solutions, and robust frameworks that ensure the security, accessibility, and empowerment of individuals and communities in the digital age.
The core focus areas of GLIDES include:
Internet Governance: GLIDES will actively contribute to shaping policies and frameworks that govern the internet, ensuring openness, transparency, and accountability.
Digital Empowerment: GLIDES aims to bridge the digital divide by promoting digital literacy, skills development, and inclusion, particularly among underserved communities.
Cybersecurity: GLIDES will advocate for robust cybersecurity measures, promote best practices, and raise awareness about the importance of digital security for individuals, organizations, and nations.
DLI’s participation in GLIDES underscores our commitment to driving positive change in the digital ecosystem. We are excited to collaborate with other like-minded organizations and leverage our collective expertise to shape the digital future. Together, we can build a more inclusive, secure, and empowered digital world for all.
Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative initiatives with GLIDES and the impactful work we undertake together.
Are you passionate about AI and technology? Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge, network with industry professionals, and empower yourself at our upcoming Women in AI workshop in collaboration with CollectiveUp! This interactive event is designed for anyone seeking to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry, and for women seeking to thrive in the fast-paced world of AI and technology. We encourage you to learn from accomplished women leaders in AI and technology as they share their insights, experiences, and career advice.
Event Details: Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Time: 5:30 – 9pm CEST Location: FARI AI for the Common Good Institute 16 Cantersteen 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Our Women in AI workshop is an evening filled with inspiring talks, engaging panel discussions, and demonstrations that will equip you with the knowledge and resources to excel in your AI and tech journey, and more!
On the 16th of March 2023 Athena project partners organize the final project conference on the topic of “Entrepreneurship as a path to socio-economic inclusion of migrant women” to present and discuss with European stakeholders and policy makers the project results including the policy recommendations and actions plans to be implemented to support and improve the inclusion of migrant women entrepreneurs.
The event will hybrid (in presence and online) and simultaneously translated to German and Spanish.
Ms Viviana Santana, Entrepreneur in external services to hotels
Blessing Ayomonsuru, Entrepreneur in trading ethnic food products
15:30h – 16:00h – AMIF future opportunities Focus group
Moderated by Mr Pablo Morales, Coordinator of the Athena project, Chamber of Commerce of Seville
Mr Juan Guerrero Caballero – General Manager and Head of the Department of International R& D Projects at INCOMA
Ms Ursula Hoenich – Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission
Ms Carmela Cotrone – Policy Expert
16:00 – 16:15 Closing of the conference
Please note that registration is mandatory for attending the event: https://www.eventbrite.be/e/entrepreneurship-as-a-path-to-socio-economic-inclusion-of-migrant-women-tickets-535756521177. Your personal data will be shared with the European Economic and Social Committee Visitors Office in order to grant you access to the building on the day of the event.
The event is organized with the support of the Employers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee .
28th of February 2023 marked the official closure of the project “We4Change: Girls and Women Connecting for Environmental Change” aimed at engaging, connecting and empowering young girls and women with digital and innovation skills, increase civic engagement and unlock their changemaking potential to engage in society and have an active role in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
The We4Change Changemakers Event Curriculum: a series of educational materials to serve as examples of workshops that can be organized during a We4Change Changemakers Event to develop the skills promoted by the project: digital, social innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and environmental awareness skills. It includes the specific methodology to prepare each workshop, but also other elements that can be used when organizing a Changemakers Event, such as working with mentors and coaches, and information on the practicalities of organizing the events. The curriculum can be downloaded for free in five languages: English, French, Greek, Portuguese and Romanian.
Handbook for Trainers and Youth Workers on Running a Successful We4Change Changemakers Event: complementing the curriculum, this handbook aims to support trainers and youth workers – including those that may have never applied before gender mainstreaming tools – to organize effectively a We4Change Changemakers Event, to drive active citizenship and empower girls and young women with digital and environmental awareness skills to become the future changemakers of their community. It introduces the guiding principles of the We4Change concept, values and philosophy, describes the competences that trainers and youth workers, as well as participants will apply for the different activities, and includes all practical information needed to organize a successful We4Change Changemakers Event. The handbook can be downloaded for free in five languages: English, French, Greek, Portuguese and Romanian.
Partners organized a We4Change “Train the Trainers” workshop in March 2022 training over 30 youth workers to apply the We4Change principles and methodology to run a successful Changemakers Event in their communities.
Each partner organized a dissemination event to share about the results of the project and discuss how other stakeholders can use them to achieve the project’s objective.
All the results can be found and downloaded for free on the project website: http://we4change.eu/.
Thank you to the partners, stakeholders, girls and young women for participating to the project activities during the past two years, and supporting us to be changemakers for a sustainable future! Thank you also to the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union for the support to make this international collaboration possible!
The DLI Board are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women. Find out more below about our outreach activities in Winter 2023, including the 18 January meeting of 2023 W20 India, the first meeting of the G20 India Presidency with International W20 Delegates. For upcoming events by DLI and our partners please visit here, and have a look at our calendar.
*Entrepreneurship and Art powered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
18 January 2023 – G20 Women20 India Delegation Meeting (Online):Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, DLI Founding Director, joined the 18 January 2023 online delegation meeting of G20 Women20 India 2023 in her capacity as HOD ex officio of the EU Delegation to the G20 Women20.
24 January 2023 – G20 Women20 EU 2023 Delegation KickoffMeeting (Online): On 24 January 2023, Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, DLI Founding Director, joined the online 2023 Kickoff meeting of the European Union G20 Women20 Delegation in her capacity as HOD ex officio.
26 January 2023 – WEgate Community Council Meeting (Online):Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, DLI Founding Director, joined the 26 January WEgate Community Council Meeting in her capacity as WEgate Policy Chair, Community Councilmember, and Chair of the Digital Transition Thematic Group.
On 11th of February, women and girls, alongside partners worldwide, celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This day allows us to recognize the role women and girls already play in science, promote the idea of STEM careers to future generations of women, and educate men on their role in encouraging and mentoring women and girls in schools and the workplace to pursue their technical and scientific passions. Women’s ability to enter STEM fields offers them a wider variety of employment opportunities with higher pay than what is found in many other fields. The demand for STEM skills around the world continues to grow and it is up to us to ensure women and girls do not miss out.
To break down gender stereotypes in STEM higher education ecosystem by creating a Training programme for STEMeducators and staff offering concrete examples that can be used in teaching and supervision in the STEM-areas. This will build on ready-made gender sensitive guiding tools and resources to encourage University staff to use language and interaction patterns free of gender stereotypes and gender sensitive approaches when planning, teaching, assessing and collaborating with students. Professors, lecturers and lab assistants will be trained on how to create a more welcominglearning environment for undergraduate female STEM students.
To boost confidence and empower female students to continue their involvement in STEM during and after their studies. To achieve this goal a Leadership & Inspiration Academy will be developed, offering training, mentoring, inspiration and access to women STEM professionals acting as mentors and role models. Cognitive tools will be utilized to ensure that the resources match the needs and preferences of women. Female students will be exposed to role models and will be encouraged to question the perceived masculinity of STEM. They will be connected with women STEM professionals and receive mentoring and support to continue their studies and develop sustainable careers.
To boost women’s passion for STEM by assisting female students to explore and understand the creativity and social impact potential in STEM. A “Women STEM UP for GOOD” programme will be developed to encourage female students to design and develop state of the art projects for the STEM areas and to practically see the socio-technical importance of the implementation of gender issues in technical projects. To this end, we will follow an E-STEAM approach to extend the STEM skill set to include entrepreneurship and creativity (E standing for Entrepreneurship and A for Arts) as according to evidence ESTEAM has a stronger potential to increase women participation in these fields. Thus, women will be involved in hands-on problem-based learning activities to develop E-STEAM skills while addressing gender stereotypes.
Join us on the 16th of February 2023 for the eventGIRLS AND WOMEN CONNECTING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE – ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS to exchange ideas and best practices on how to foster girls’ and young women’s sense of initiative for environmental action and improve their active citizenship skills and social innovation mindsets. Ultimately, the aim is to create synergies and open up opportunities for collaboration among the participants.
What you’ll gain?
Brainstorm with experts and practitioners on key strategies promoting greater participation of girls and young women in strategic, innovative ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship & Arts powered by STEM) sectors.
Gain insight into the experiences and lessons learned by other organizations and stakeholders and take these best practices back to your community.
Find opportunities of collaboration with a wide network of similar organizations.
What is the format of the roundtable discussions?
There will be four discussion tables set-up, each covering a topic (explained below). Participants can chose the tables they want to join for a 30 minutes discussion, and share their knowledge and suggestions on how to empower girls and young women as changemakers in our society. Participants are encouraged to be as specific as possible, to raise issues that arise in their day-today activities, and actionable ideas for better paths forwards. A follow-up session will present the main takeaways from the roundtable discussions.
Following the event, we will gather the key insights in a Recommendations Paper and share it with all participants and stakeholders in our network.
Engage and connect community members to collaborate for future initiatives for the benefit of girls and women.
Opportunities for networking with like-minded professionals.
TOPIC 1: Skills development for youth towards the Digital and Green transformations
Questions to consider: as civil society organizations and providers of non-formal education, how can we ensure young people gain a swift access to the requisite skills to enable them to be part of the solutions and to navigate the social, economic, and environmental challenges the world faces? What kind of skills and knowledge should we focus on? And how to include the gender lens in this process?
TOPIC 2: Gender mainstreaming in youth strategies
Questions to consider: What are the main challenges and opportunities of gender mainstreaming? How to strengthen the dialogue between civil society and policy makers to integrate gender perspective into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, regulatory measures and spending programmes?
TOPIC 3: Best practices for impact: Youth – Gender inclusion – Environmental action
Questions to consider: What actionable ways to build gender equality and sustainability? What are the practices and tools you identified in your activities to improve the capabilities of civil society organizations for supporting more effectively their target groups and increase their impact?
TOPIC 4: Opportunities for cooperation for organizations working on youth, gender and environmental topics
Questions to consider: what are the needs of civil society organizations in terms of skills development, engagement capabilities or funding? what opportunities for collaboration are there and how to ensure they are accessible for all stakeholders?
5:00 PM: Welcome and presentation of the We4Change project
5:30 PM: Roundtable Discussions
6:00 PM: Discussion on the main takeaways from each roundtable
As Policy Chair and Community Councilmember for the WEgate project promoting women-led entrepreneurship in Europe, DLI Director Cheryl Miller also leads the WEgate Thematic Group on Women Entrepreneurs and the Digital Transition (“Digital Transition TG”).
Over the course of 2022, the Digital Transition TG gathered to analyse and synthesise the impact of the digital transition on women entrepreneurs in Europe. Outcomes and recommendations from this work which address Ethics in AI, Gender and Cybersecurity, Tech-readiness of Women-led Startups, and the Gender Gap in Digital Skills, are captured in a policy brief published by the WEgate project on 22 January 2023.
One of the aims of WEgate is to increase the visibility of women entrepreneurs and to promote discussion on important topics for improving the conditions for women’s entrepreneurship development. To address critical areas of interest in women’s entrepreneurship development, dedicated WEgate Thematic groups (TGs) are formed as ad-hoc groups within the WEgate Community. The third WEgate TG is dedicated to Digital transition, analysing the challenges faced by women in the digital arena.
This policy brief summarizes the findings of the WEgate thematic group on women’s entrepreneurship policy. It highlights the key challenges and recommendations forpolicy-making in four areas: gender mainstreaming, evidence-based policy-making, finance and funding for women entrepreneurs, and stakeholders engagement in policy development. For each policy area, recommendations are being proposed, targeting policymakers at the European and national levels.
Download the WEgate Women Entrepreneurs and the Digital Transition Policy Brief (PDF) here.