“Through ICT, everyone in the organization will be able to reconsider their beliefs about gender stereotypes and take proper actions to protect the entire community for those who want to cause harm,” said Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima in a message delivered by Undersecretary Jorge V. Sarmiento.

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DICT Undersecretary Jorge V. Sarmiento welcomes the participants of the Gender and Development Summit 2016

More than a hundred DICT staff members Tuesday (11 October 2016) attended the opening day of the Gender and Development (GAD) Summit, a two-day event to address gender issues on ICT. It was held at the Rembrandt Hotel on Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City and will continue on Wednesday.

The summit highlighted the gender dimension of DICT, including its potential in empowering women; its strategies in addressing the gender digital divide; and its initiatives in promoting gender-responsive governance.

Speakers from different sectors discussed the importance of fostering awareness, access, literacy, and education on gender equality through the country’s existing technologies. “Government agencies through their ICT arms should inform the public of their policies that women can enjoy,” said Emmeline Verzosa, executive director of the Philippine Commission on Women.

The GAD Summit is an annual event organized by DICT’s National ICT Competency Management (NCM) in view of their commitment to infuse gender awareness through ICT.