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Slovenian activities with ITU – building cyber capacity in the Western Balkans

Today, the Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre and the International Telecommunication Union signed a joint declaration on cooperation in cyber capacity building and gender mainstreaming in cybersecurity in the Western Balkans.
Signing of the Declaration

Signing of the Declaration | Author ITU

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Slovenia, along with France and Montenegro, joined the Her CyberTracks initiative under the Western Balkans Cybersecurity Capacity Centre (WB3C). The initiative provides targeted cyber capacity building activities for female representatives involved in national and international policy-making processes and international negotiations in the field of cybersecurity.

The inclusion of the international Her CyberTracks project in WB3C activities complements the feminist agenda of Slovenia's foreign policy, which aims to promote the equal, full, and meaningful representation of both genders in the design and implementation of international cybersecurity strategies.

The Declaration on Cooperation between the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre was signed in Timişoara, Romania, at the Regional Development Forum for Europe of the ITU, a UN specialised agency of which Slovenia is an active member. The Declaration was signed by Dr Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, for the ITU, and by Ambassador Tadej Rupel, National Coordinator for External Aspects of Digitalisation, AI & Cyber Security, for the WB3C.

The Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre in Podgorica was founded with the aim of supporting regional cooperation. It provides training in cybersecurity, fight against cyber crime and international cyber cooperation, as well as promoting cooperation with EU Member States to support Western Balkan countries on their path towards European integration.

The Her CyberTracks initiative builds on efforts by the ITU and Germany to bridge the gender digital divide and incorporates the already established mentorship programme for women in cybersecurity.

The project offers a comprehensive curriculum aimed at empowering future female policymakers and leaders with a complete cybersecurity skillset. Her CyberTracks aims to promote the representation and participation of women seeking to improve their contribution to national and international ICT policy-making processes.

The part of the programme taking place in the Western Balkans, i.e. the final conference of the Her CyberTracks training programme, will be carried out in close cooperation with the Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre and the University of Montenegro in Podgorica in autumn 2023