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32nd Kitakyushu Conference on Asian Women (KCAW 2021)
ICT and women: empowering women in the digital age

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Important notice to KCAW 2021 participants:

On November 4, 2021, the Zoom link to access the Webinar was emailed to all those who registered for the Conference. Should you not have received it despite registration, please contact us at  


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a key role in every sphere of the present society. Along with the recent measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, digitalization/automation is further promoted. A number of positive effects on human lives are emanating from ICT. Such positive effects include production of huge data which is of great help to formulate evidence-based policies, human power saving operations in factories and offices, large volume of bank transactions, generating employment, alleviating poverty and promoting social movements, and more. In addition, the conference will also consider the challenges that ICT imposes on our lives such as cyber security.  


Furthermore, gender inequality will be tackled at the KCAW 2021. The UN/International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has indicated that there is a 17% gender gap in the Internet use globally. This means that 250 million fewer women are online than men.


The low participation of girls and women in science field has lead STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for them to receive high attention.


ICT is a potent force of development. In order to attain inclusive development and the principle of the SDGs to “leave no one behind,” the conference will discuss good practices of empowering women in NGOs and the private sector in Asia and the Pacific region.


The conference program is available here.



Date / Time:

Friday, November 5, 2021

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (JST/GMT+9)



Zoom Webinar (max. 500 participants)


Free live screening also available at the Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center MOVE, Large Seminar Room (5F) (max. 50 participants)

  • Language of screening will be Japanese.
  • Live screening at MOVE may become canceled depending on the severity of the spread of COVID-19.


Registration fee:



Services provided:
  • Simultaneous interpretation in English/Japanese
  • Nursery service available for viewers at the live screening at MOVE
    • Eligibility: pre-school children over 6 month old
    • Fee: JPY 500 per child
    • Registration required by Oct. 29, 2021



Deadline extended! – Register by October 29, 2021  November 3, 2021 by completing this registration form.  

  • Places are limited.  First come, first served.
  • No registration fee is required.

Please address any inquiries to:


About Zoom:
  • Please download the Zoom app prior to the conference.
  • A link to access the webinar will be emailed by November 4, 2021. If you do not receive it, please contact KFAW at
  • All participants must provide a valid email address at the time of registration.



In case of a discrepancy between the Japanese and English versions of this web page, the version in Japanese will prevail.

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