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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.

The Telecommunication Development Bureau’s Digital Inclusion Programme

Digital Inclusion means empowering people through information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) develops and implements actions and projects that use ICTs for the economic and social empowerment of women and girls, as well as in increasing awareness of the links between gender issues and ICTs within the Union and among Member States and Sector Members.

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The Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender

Ms Geena Davis, actor, advocate and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls, challenged the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to address the issues related to women and ICTs. At the sixth meeting on 23 September 2012 in New York, the Commission launched the Working Group focused on the subject of digital inclusion for women and requested Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, and later on Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women to Co-Chair the group. Learn more about the Working Group activities.

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Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Award

This 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.

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International Girls in ICT Day

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. To date, over 111,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 3,500 events held in 140 countries around the world.

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Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development

inclusiveness-photo.jpgITU 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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​Universal Service Fund Study and digital inclusion for all

Report_USF.jpgThe underlying concept of Universal Service is to ensure that telecommunications services are accessible to the widest number of people (and communities) at affordable prices.
However, increasingly over the last two decades, telecommunications administrations and national regulatory authorities (NRAs) have been turning to the concept of a specific universal service funding mechanism designed as an incentive to encourage operators to assist these administrations in achieving their universal service goals. This funding mechanism is referred to as a Universal Service Fund (‘USF’). 

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Girls in ICT Day 2014 Highlights

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