Deborah Taylor Tate, distinguished Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Free State Foundation and former FCC Commissioner, was invited to speak at two preliminary events for the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
On September 20, Ms. Tate spoke at UN Women in her role as the Special Envoy to the International Telecommunications Union regarding Child Online Protection as well as issues regarding women in leadership and the ICT sector. She has been an active participate in the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender in the ICT sector. In her presentation, she emphasized that not only is inclusion the right thing to do, it’s also good for the bottom line, and she shared research in support of a “business case” for the inclusion of women in leadership roles.
In addition, she spoke at the ADA, Advanced Development for Africa, on September 22 in the UN Building along with luminaries such as Mrs. Ban Ki Moon and Ms. Cherie Blair, as well as several African First Ladies. Commissioner Tate emphasized that today’s children, especially girls, will be the future economic drivers of national and global economies and that the need for a trusted environment online is imperative for all children to reach their full potential, especially in developing/frontier nations.
Commissioner Tate also participated in other VIP events and dinners during the UN General Assembly.