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 Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Gender Equality and Mainstreaming Policy approved by ITU Council

ITU Gender Equality & Mainstreaming (GEM) Policy aims to present a shared vision for integrating a gender perspective throughout ITU. It also helps bring ITU into line with the UN System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on gender empowerment, which has been endorsed by ITU. The main policy objectives are:

  • To allow men and women to contribute equally to the work of the organization.
  • To allow men and women to benefit equally from ICTs, to help reduce inequalities.
  • To strengthen gender mainstreaming in ITU’s activities.
  • To provide an accountability framework for internal monitoring.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:12:28 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 26, 2012
New Report: A Bright Future in ICTs Opportunities for a new generation of women

A Bright Future in ICTs Opportunities for a new generation of women

The future of the ICT sector is exciting. These are unchartered waters open to creativity, innovation and entirely new ways of working, interacting and learning that should appeal to women and men alike. The Institute for the Future identifies six drivers most likely to shape the future workforce: longer life spans; a rise in smart devices and systems; advances in computational systems such as sensors and processing power; new multimedia technology; the continuing evolution of social media; and a globally connected world. The ICT sector clearly underpins this future.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 5:34:25 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 01, 2012
Women and Girls in ICT: Call for Action

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012, ITU calls upon all stakeholders (policy makers, regulators, operators and industry) to promote the adoption of policies and strategies that will promote ICT opportunities for women and girls.

We invite you to consider organizing programmes in your country to mark WTISD 2012 with a focus on the theme: “Women and Girls in ICT”. It would be useful to involve all sections of society to formulate awareness and consensus on the issues underlying the theme.

Thursday, March 01, 2012 10:06:20 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ITU launches Girls in ICT web portal

ITU has launched a new web portal focused on helping girls and women access training, job opportunities and career information in the fast-growing information and communication (ICT) sector.

The portal is designed to help girls and young women aged 11-25 prepare for and pursue a technology career, providing links to scholarships, training and internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps, online girls’ networks and other programmes that will give them a boost in entering what has become a largely male-dominated sector.

It’s a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US government’s first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career.

It wasn’t always so. In the US in the 1980s, for example, young women were earning 37% of computer science degrees; today, that number has fallen to below 20%.

The lack of trained female professionals means that in OECD countries, women now account for under 20% of ICT specialists. It also means that most developed countries are forecasting an alarming shortfall in the number of skilled staff to fill upcoming ICT jobs. The European Union calculates that in 10 years’ time there will be 700,000 more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them; globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million. Learn more...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:09:08 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |