Gender Equality and Mainstreaming
ITU's seeks to become a model organization for gender equality and to use the ICTs to empower both women and men. We know how important the role of ICTs is to advance gender equality and empower women in many ways. One way is by encouraging young women and girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for their social and economic empowerment, and by highlighting the value that women bring to the tech sector.
Data Gathering and Tracking & Gender Dashboard
ITU regularly collects and disseminates ICT indicators related to individuals accessing and using ICTs. These indicators can be disaggregated by gender, age, education, labor force status, and occupation. ITU monitors and tracks three gender-related indicators that are included in the SDG Indicators Monitoring Framework: (1) “proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex", (2) “proportion of individuals using the Internet, by sex", and (3) “proportion of individuals with ICT skills, by sex".
ITU's Gender Dashboard provides a visual overview of gender in the ICT arena, in ITU meetings, and in ITU's human resources. Gender representation in statutory committees is also reported.
The EQUALS Global Partnership
EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, is working to ensure that women are given access, equipped with skills, and develop the leadership potential of girls and women to work in the ICT industry. The Partnership launched in 2016 with five co-founders: GSMA, ITC, ITU, UNU, and UN Women.
The EQUALS in Tech Awards
Organized by the EQUALS Global Partnership, the EQUALS in Tech Awards celebrates initiatives that are helping women and girls cross the gender digital divide. The programme honors projects and initiatives around the world committed to ensuring that women and girls are empowered by and given access to ICTs, are equipped with skills, and develop the leadership potential of girls and women to work in the ICT industry.
Girls in ICT Day
The Girls in ICT Day is celebrated around the world on the 4th Thursday in April each year. Girls in ICT Day aims to attract more girls and women to ICT studies and careers, as this is crucial to achieve gender balance in the tech sector.
African Girls Can Code Initiative
ITU and UN Women, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, have launched the African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI). The programme that aims to train and empower girls and young women aged 17 to 20 years old across Africa to become computer programmers, creators and designers who will act as role models and create an online community for sharing coding experiences.
Network of Women for WRC-19
The 'Network of Women for WRC' (NOW) is a mentorship programme that encourages gender balance in decision-making bodies, panels, statutory committees, and study groups. Its goal is to build capacity and encourage greater participation of women delegates, including in roles such as chairs and vice-chairs.
Women in Standardization Expert Group
Wise is an initiative that is part of ITU's commitment to promoting gender equality for delegates attending its meetings and conferences.
The Broadband Commission Work on Gender
ITU and UNESCO established
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in 2010 to address issues related to gender and ICTs. The Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide was formed in 2016 to address the barriers women face in access to and use of the Internet.
Houlin Zhao - International Gender Champion
ITU's Secretary-General Houlin Zhao is a founding member of the International Gender Champions. In addition to the IGC
Panel Parity Pledge not to sit on single-sex panels, he has committed to:
- reinforce efforts to help countries to have the necessary capacity to collect and disseminate/share global/regional/national gender- and age-dissagregated data on access and use of ICTs and digital skills;
- help countries to raise awareness and promote the active participation of girls and young women in ICT related carreers and other digital skills to fulfil the demand of future jobs on an equal basis.
Participation and Representation of Women
ITU has also taken a number of measures to reinforce women's participation in ITU meetings and conferences. ITU has increased efforts towards gender-balanced representation and participation. Conference webcasts are analysed to determine speaking time of women and men through machine learning, in partnership with University of Southern California's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (USC/SAIL). Results are reported on the gender dashboard.
UN-SWAP & UN-SWAP 2.0
The UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on gender equality and the empowerment of women is the accountability framework to systematically revitalize, capture, monitor and measure performance on mainstreaming gender perspectives into the work of the UN system. ITU reports progress annually.
Safe & Professional Environment
The Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment, including Sexual Harassment, at UN System Events is the most recent deliverable of the CEB Task Force to address sexual harassment.
The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment, so that everyone feels comfortable and can deliver their best work.