Successes in Family Frameworks and Technology for the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls: A Parallel Event for the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Rural women and girls are essential members of their communities, contributing to economic, social, and family life. However, living in rural areas presents unique challenges to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls that includes, less access to education and resources. Advances in technology and access to that technology (i.e., internet) offer unique opportunities to combat these challenges in the quest for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Technology offers the opportunity for families to access educational opportunities that can shape and support a familial framework geared toward equality and empowerment of women and girls.

As former Secretary-General BAN Ki-Moon wrote, “when we empower women and girls, we will realize a better future for all.” Speakers for this event will present insights their practical experiences working in areas that affect rural women and girls’ empowerment, with a specific focus on the role of technology.


Dr. Susan K. Walker
Associate Professor Emeritus, Family Social Science
University of Minnesota
Director of the Parentopia Project

Dr. Jessica Navarro
Associate Professor, Human Service Studies
Elon University

A full recording of this session is available on our YouTube channel at:

The NGO Committee on the Family has been wonderfully fortunate in the high caliber of panelists and speakers who have graciously addressed us. In an effort to enrich the intellectual experience of our audience, we have invited guests representing a diverse set of views and beliefs. We should note here that the expression of any views on this or any other program does not constitute an endorsement of those views by the NGO Committee on the Family, our member NGOs, or our co-sponsoring organizations.