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ITU/UN Women GEM-TECH Award nominations close in 1 week!

Global awards recognize the power of information & communication technology to promote gender equality




Geneva, 25 July 2016

There’s just one week left for companies, governments, NGOs and individuals to get their nominations in for the annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls.

Online nominations are open until 23:59 EDT on 31 July. They span three categories:

  1. Applying Technology for Women's Empowerment and Digital Inclusion: initiatives related to women’s social, economic and political empowerment, combatting gender-based violence (both offline and online), and driving sustainable development. 
  2. Promoting Women in the Technology Sector: initiatives that promote more gender equality in ICT/STEM education and careers, especially initiatives where girls and women are cultivated as creators, developers, leaders and decision-makers.
  3. Developing Gender-Responsive ICT Governance: initiatives focused on new legislation, policy frameworks or internal corporate strategy to improve women's access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, skills development and rights.


A shortlist of nine finalists will be announced at the end of September, with the final three winners selected by a committee of experts from ITU, UN Women, and a panel comprising 2015 GEM-TECH winners.

The awards will be conferred at a prestigious ceremony to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the ITU Telecom World event (14-17 November 2016).

Join the #GEMTechAwards conversation on Twitter, or go to last year’s site to re-live the excitement of the 2015 GEM-TECH Awards!