Building on last year’s conversation on Ethics, Perspective, and Voice, this year’s session, in partnership with Libraries without borders, will focus on Building Best Practices to serve Women and Girls. Participants will share concrete examples of successfully or unsuccessfully reaching out to and supporting women and girls in local communities (ranging from cities to rural areas, indigenous communities, refugee camps, and more) and lessons learned from those experiences, building on these to prepare a series of best practices and thematic kits to train actors around the world in empowerment of women and children across the globe.

Four discussion starters from the papers by :

Chommanaad Boonaree, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Anne Goulding, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
The Role of Community Libraries in Empowering Female Citizens in Disadvantaged Areas of Thailand

Paper in English


Adetoun Adebisi Oyelude, Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Sharon Adetutu Omotoso, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Advocacy and documenting women's research the "WORDOC way"

Paper in English



Maureen Chebet, Nairobi, Kenya
Judith Obonyo, Nairobi, Kenya
Empowering Women from Nairobi Slums in Digital Skills as a Stepping Stone to Better Futures


The Librarians of UNHCR Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp, Jordan
Karen E. Fisher
UNHCR Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp Libraries: Building Futures for Syrian Women and Girl


The Twitter hashtag for this session is #WomenEmpowermentKit.