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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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GEM-TECH Award

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

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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, over 177,000 girls and young women have taken part in 5,300 Girls in ICT Day celebrations in 150+ countries worldwide.
 
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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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Bringing more women to the ITU negotiation table

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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. 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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