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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. ​

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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 171 countries around the world with more than 9,400 events and participation of over 325,000 girls and young women. Find out how to get involved here​.

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EQUALS in Tech Award

EqualsInTechAwards The EQUALS in Tech Awards is the flagship event of the EQUALS Global Partnership. The annual awards recognize initiatives around the world that are reimagining the digital future by helping girls and women get equal access, skills, and opportunities online and in the tech industry, and advancing data collection on the gender digital divide. Five editions have been held thus far, receiving over 1500 nominations from 80+ countries around the world.

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targets2025.jpgThe ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission addressed issues related to gender and ICTs through the work of its groups and by setting a gender-oriented Global Broadband Targets. First working group, co-chaire​d by Ms Helen Clark, (UNDP) and later on by Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women), from 2012-2015, focused on the inclusion of women and girls in the Information Society. The Commission also agreed in 2013 to add to its advocacy framework a new target designed to spur female access to the power of ICTs. With adoption of a new UN Development Agenda 2030 in 2015, digital inclusion theme remained as one of the priority for the renewed Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide was formed in 2016 building on the outcomes of its predecessor and addressing the barriers women face in access and use of the Internet. Chaired by Mr Mats Granryd (GSMA) and Ms Irina Bokova (UNESCO) this group developed a set of recommendations leading to a concerted efforts to reduce the gender gap in Internet access and use. In 2018, the Commission also launched a new framework of Targets 2025 in support of "Connecting the Other Half" and agreed that by 2025, gender equality should be achieved across all targets.

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home-page-bg.jpg EQUALS: the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age is a multi-stakeholder initiative created to promote awareness, build political commitments, leverage knowledge-sharing, and combine efforts and resources for the greatest possible impact to achieve digital gender equality at both the global and national levels.  The Partnership focuses on: access (achieving equal access to digital technologies), skills (empowering women and girls to become ICT creators), leaders (promoting women as ICT leaders and entrepreneurs) and research (building strong data and evidence on the gender digital divide).

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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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Increase participation of women in ITU conferences and events

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. Among these, ITU Telecom World, the global ICT platform for governments, corporates and SMEs, is fully committed to increasing the participation of women throughout its annual events. The ITU Telecom World Forum actively prioritizes the selection of women speakers across its programme of debates, with a target of at least one woman on every panel and a minimum of 30% female participation overall in the Forum at ITU Telecom World 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, this November. ITU Telecom World 2016 is also proud to co-host key ITU initiatives promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in technology, such as  the 2016 GEM Tech Awards

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