Rural Women's Alliance: Empowering Rural Women  through ICT​

The objective of this initiative is to encourage the adoption of specific actions to improve connectivity of rural areas an achieve the developmenty of digital services and capabilities that would facilitate their use of ICTS, thus reducing the digital gap.

Signatories of the Alliance
Mar del Plata, 17 December 2018: 
Argentina | Canada | Colombia | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Estados Unidos de América | México | Paraguay | CCAT LAT| CITEL | COMTELCA | GSMA | Internet Society | VIASAT |
Lima, 1 May 2019: 
Brazil | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Peru | ITU | Hispasat/Hispamar | OneWeb |
Cordoba, 2 July 2019: 
ASIET | Telefonica | WebFoundation |​
Asunción,  1 Octubre 2019: 
American Tower Corporation | Cabase | Copaco | Facebook | Huawei | Uruguay |
Febrero 2020: 
CITIC - Ecuador

Forum on Advances of the Rural Women ICT Alliance

 Draft Agenda (Updated: September 30, 2020)

09:45 – 10:00

Registration of participants and testing the videoconferencing platform

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and introduction to the forum

Oscar León, Executive Secretary of CITEL

10:05 – 10:15

Opening remarks

His Excellency Carlos Alberto RAIMUNDI, Argentina’s Ambassador to the OAS -Confirmed

10:15 – 10:25

Presentation of the Rural Women’s ICT Alliance: Empowering Rural Women through ICTs

Mr. Claudio Ambrosini, Chair of COM/CITEL (ENACON, Argentina) - Confirmed

10:25 – 10:30

Welcome to new members of the Rural Women’s ICT Alliance

CITIC - Ecuador

10:30 – 12:00

Initiatives, projects, experiences, and testimonies


Maria Celeste Fuenmayor, Telecommunication Specialist, CITEL



Costa Rica: Jannixia Villalobos Vindas,  Director of Social Appropriation, Miinistry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications  of Costa Rica (MICITT) - Confirmed


Paraguay: Nilda Romero, Minister of Women, Paraguay & Maria Angelica Cano, Advisor to the President of  CONATEL Paraguay - Confirmed


Peru: Virginia Nakagawa, Vice-Minister of Communications, Peru - Confirmed


Uruguay: Mercedes Aramendía, President,  Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC)  - Confirmed


Dominican Republic: Julissa Cruz, Director, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL) - Confirmed


Canada: Santiago Reyes-Borda - Senior Policy Advisor - International Affairs, Innovation, Science and Economic Development / Government of Canada Confirmed



Facebook: Aline Mourao, Public Policy Manager Confirmed

Telefónica​: Ximena Gil Hidalgo, Líder de Sostenibilidad de Telefónica Perú – Confirmed​

Hispamar/Hispasat: Clovis Baptista, Chairman of the Board - Confirmed

American Tower Corporation: Jonathan Thienemann, Director, Public Affairs, Latin America  - Confirmed

Copaco: Sante Vallese, Presidente, Copaco - Paraguay - Confirmed

Viasat: Ryan Johnson, Senior Director, Global Market Access & Government Affairs - Confirmed​


Web Foundation: Sonia Jorge, Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Head of Digital Inclusion Program, Web Foundation - Confirmed


CCATLAT: Oscar Messano, President  Confirmed


CITIC: Zolia Ramos, Executive Director, CITIC Ecuador Confirmed


COMTELCA: Allan Ruiz, Executive Secretary Confirmed


ITU: Ana Veneroso, Programme Coordinator, ITU Americas Regional Office Confirmed


12:00 – 12:15

Key elements to continue boosting and promoting the Rural Women’s ICT Alliance under the “new normality”

(Open debate among the panelists)

12:15 – 12:25

Question and answer session

12:25 - 12:30

Conclusions and closing remarks