Ann to Speak at First AIDF-Asia Pacific Forum in Bangkok, Jan. 30-31

Following her recent cutting-edge remarks on the nexus of sustainability and social media in France, LA and NYC, Dr. Goodman will speak in Bangkok, Thailand on “The Role of Social Media in Development” at the first Asia-Pacific Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF),  one of the world’s leading forums for the humanitarian aid, relief and development sectors on January 30 and 31.

She will also moderate the panel on “Empowering Women as a Development Tool.”

The event will bring together practitioners and policy leaders from governments, the UN, NGOs and private organizations, to highlight the challenges faced by the aid and development sector and to share innovative ideas. As a center of  operational activity and international support for both the humanitarian relief and development sectors, Bangkok is the ideal place for the first Asia Forum.

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In addition to Ann, the panel on Social Media will feature…

Mathias Eick, Regional Information Officer for the East, SE Asia, Mongolia and the Pacific Region, ECHO

Dr. Ann Goodman, Founder, r2:risk & resilience

Matt Crook, Web and Social Media Editor, Plan Asia

Oren Murphy, Regional Director for Asia, Internews

Joe Lowry, Senior Media Communications Officer and Spokesperson, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

The Women’s panel will feature:

Despite improvements in female empowerment in Asia, dramatic gender inequalities persist in the region; female participation in the Asian and Pacific labor force remained a 65 employed women per 100 employed men from 1991 to 2009, and women’s access to land and property remains, according to the OECD, ‘very limited’ in many countries. The empowerment of women impacts all areas of development and growth: this session will examine the myriad ways in which female empowerment can foster broader economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Moderator Dr. Ann Goodman, Founder, r2:risk & resilience

Kim Henderson, Practice Leader for Gender, UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre

Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Prevention of child marriage and empowerment of girls Carol Boender, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Plan Asia

Stephane Gregoire, Director, The SPRINT Initiative

Despite improvements in female empowerment in Asia, dramatic gender inequalities persist in the region; female participation in the Asian and Pacific labor force remained a 65 employed women per 100 employed men from 1991 to 2009, and women’s access to land and property remains, according to the OECD, ‘very limited’ in many countries. The empowerment of women impacts all areas of development and growth: this session will examine the myriad ways in which female empowerment can foster broader economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.

For additional information on the AIDF Asia-Pacific Forum, see:

http://www.aidforumonline.org/aidf_asia_pacific

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