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TCF inspires change through ICT with over 1M women trained worldwide [UPDATED]

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Foundation (TCF) is happy to announce that, as of January 2014, over 1 million women from different parts of the world have been trained and acquired new ICT skills under its Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign.

The campaign, which kicked off in 2011, is a joint undertaking of TCF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICTs. With a total of 1,014,096 women trained, the original 1 million target was surpassed through the combined efforts of 154 participating organizations in 79 countries.


“Partnership is key in any undertaking, and what we have achieved so far under the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign is a testament to this. I, therefore, take this opportunity to thank ITU and all our partners in this campaign for accepting the challenge and for embracing this cause with so much fervor," says Miguel Raimilla, TCF’s Executive Director. “We may have already reached our target, but the work doesn’t stop here. There is still so much more to be done out there, and the program will definitely continue to empower women worldwide through ICT, in the hopes of inspiring change and ultimately bringing about the much needed results,” he added.


TCF also acknowledges the critical role played by telecentre managers in the attainment of the 1M target. Their untiring efforts and valuable contribution to the campaign could in no way be discounted. In 2011, TCF, in collaboration with its 6 regional telecentre network partners, organized the Global Search for 100 Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers. The competition is a component of the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign, and the winners’ stories have since been compiled into an ebook entitled “Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers – 100 Stories”. The English version of the ebook was released middle of last year, while its multilingual version was released towards the end of 2013. A copy of both versions are available for download here. Meanwhile, other inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by technology, including those who have been trained in digital literacy under the campaign, are available in the Inspiring Stories section of the Telecentre Women website.


Moving forward, TCF will continue to beef up its efforts to empower women across the globe by equipping them with the necessary ICT skills that will enable them to participate actively in today’s information society.


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Comment by on March 13, 2014 at 12:27pm

Thanks, Linda! We wouldn't have done it without the untiring efforts, support and cooperation of partners like you.

Comment by Linda Navarro Balbuena on March 12, 2014 at 10:34pm

The Malvar Community eCenter is very happy to have been a part of this terrific achievement! Congratulations and thank you for guiding us along the way!

Comment by on March 10, 2014 at 8:11am

Thank you, Seema, for your contribution to this initiative!

Comment by Seema Saddy Nasser AlKabi on March 9, 2014 at 3:37pm

Great achievement ... and more success to come :)

Comment by on March 7, 2014 at 1:33pm

Thanks for your contribution to this achievement, Yapa! All the best to you too!

Comment by yapa chandralatha on March 7, 2014 at 1:30pm


wish you all the best


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