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Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls through ICTs

​​​​​​​​ITU Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014) "Mainstreaming a gender perspective in ITU and promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through information and communication technologies" recognizes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are tools through which gender equality and women's empowerment can be advanced, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively contribute and participate.
Resolution 70 highlights the role of ICTs to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in many ways, notably by encouraging girls to choose a career in the field of ICTs, and by fostering the use of ICTs for the social and economic empowerment of women and girls. It encourages Member States and Sector Members to review their policies related to the information society to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in all activities. ​

EQUALS Partnership

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The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age is a broad coalition of programmes with the mission to bridge the global digital gender divide. A joint ITU-UN Women initiative, with partners hailing from both the public and private sectors, this Global Partnership is dedicated to women and girls in technology and aims to harness the power of modern ICTs to promote gender equality in the digital technology revolution. To do this, EQUALS comprises three areas of action: access (achieving equal access to digital technologies), skills (empowering women and girls to become ICT creators), and leaders (promoting women as ICT leaders and entrepreneurs).

GEM-TECH Award

gem-tech-awards_31001257515_o.jpg The Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) is an annual ITU-UN Women joint award seeks to create a platform for advancing women's meaningful engagement with ICTs and their role as decision-makers and producers within this sector. In considering "gender equality mainstreaming" we are looking not only at ICT, government and development actors that are mainstreaming gender equality perspectives within their work, but also ICT and gender advocates that are seeking to "mainstream" gender equality into a larger context. The 2016 edition of the GEM-TECH Award took place during ITU Telecom World in Bangkok, Thailand on November 15th. The winners of this year are "Aliadas en Cadena", "WAAW Foundation", and "The World Wide Web Foundation".

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The Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Gender Divide

image005.jpg The Broadband Commission for Digital Development addressed issues related to gender and ICTs through the work of its group co-chaired by Ms Helen Clark, (UNDP) and later on by Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women). The importance of the subject of digital inclusion remains still as a priority area for the renewed Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. After a meeting in Dubai in 2016, a new Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide was formed building on the outcomes of its predecessor and focusing on access and use of ICTs by women. This WG, chaired by Mr Mats Granryd (GSMA) and Ms Irina Bokova (UNESCO), aims to develop a set of recommendations which will address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use. ​

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International Girls in ICT Day

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The Girls in ICT initiative of the ITU is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership. International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience ICTs in a new light encouraging them to consider a future in technology. 
Since 2011, International Girls in ICT Day has been celebrated in 160 countries around the world with more than 7,200 events and participation of over 240,000 girls and young women. International Girls in ICT Day will next be celebrated on 27 April 2017. Find out how to get involved here​.

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Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development

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ITU Member States committed to work towards the goals and shared vision set up by the global Connect 2020 agenda aming for "an information society, empowered by the interconnected world, where ICT enables and accelerates socially, economically and environmentally sustainable growth and development for everyone".​ One of the goals addresses how to bridge the digital divide and provide with broadband for all with specific target on gender equality among Internet users.

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Increase participation of women in ITU conferences and events

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An important part of ITU’s work is accomplished through conferences and meetings, where members collaborate, take decisions, and negotiate the agreements which serve as the basis for the operation of global telecommunication services. Among these, ITU Telecom World, the global ICT platform for governments, corporates and SMEs, is fully committed to increasing the participation of women throughout its annual events. The ITU Telecom World Forum actively prioritizes the selection of women speakers across its programme of debates, with a target of at least one woman on every panel and a minimum of 30% female participation overall in the Forum at ITU Telecom World 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, this November. ITU Telecom World 2016 is also proud to co-host key ITU initiatives promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in technology, such as  the 2016 GEM Tech Awards

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