2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Women Byte Back: Tech and Disempowerment

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Room 303-304
110 E 2nd St

When a woman crosses the border in Saudi Arabia a text message is sent to her male guardian. So while we celebrate progress of technology, it’s easy to forget that technology can underline markedly different agendas. Restricted access can mean women are frequently excluded from education or information, serving to socially exclude and remove their voice.

Nishma Robb, Community lead for Women@Google and Chhavi Rajawat, the youngest and first female mayor in India discuss how technology can support female empowerment and give disenfranchised women a powerful voice and the means to shape change.

"The most powerful catalyst for sustainable change is an empowered woman" UN Women's Day

Hashtags: #sxsw #ByteBack


Chhavi Rajawat

Sarapanch (Mayer)

Sarpanch Village Soda & Owner of Hotel Kailrugji

Chhavi Rajawat was born in Rajasthan and was elected Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat Soda (60 kms from Jaipur), District Tonk, Rajasthan, India, in February 2010.

She worked with Bharti TeleVentures, C...

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Dawn Smith

Digital Dev Dir

J Walter Thompson

Nishma Robb

Mktg at Google & Community Lead for Women@Google



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