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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. 

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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Gem tech banner new.jpgThe 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.

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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. 
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​.

Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development

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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Bringing more women to the ITU negotiation table

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. Each type of meeting has a well-defined purpose and outcome, and plays its particular role in supporting ITU's mission. Bringing more women to the negotiation table will help promote the work of the organization and strengthen the mandate of the Union. 

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