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Gender Mainstreaming in ITU


ITU GEM Policy was adopted by the decision of the ITU Council at its 2013 session.The aim of the Union's Gender Equality and Mainstreaming Policy is to present a shared vision for integrating a gender perspective throughout ITU and to become a model organization for gender equality and to leverage the power of telecommunications/ICTs to empower both women and men. 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.

An internal Gender Task Force was established in September 2012 and is fulfilling main objectives of ensuring a coordinated implementation of Resolution 70 and report progress to the governing bodies of ITU. Also the Task Force oversees the implementation of the ITU GEM Policy.The ITU secretariat has produced a set of general Gender Guidelines to assist staff and elected officials in bringing a more gender-sensitive approach to all aspects of their work for recruitment, staff management, programme management, communication, and training. The staff rules and regulations have been amended as well as the terms of reference of statutory committees to include gender balance in nomination of the members and gender sensitivity within their mandate and working methods. Learn more about ITU ​GEM Policy



Gender Equality tutorial - "I KNOW GENDER"

The UN Women Training Centre eLearning Campus - global and innovative online platform for training for gender equality is open to everybody interested in using training or learning as a means to advance gender equality, women's empowerment and women's rights.
ITU is ranked 3rd in the UN system in terms of the number of staff having already completed the modules. Learn more

Activities in collaboration with other UN agencies and the private sector

System-wide Action Plan (SWAP) on gender equality and women's empowerment

United Nations General Assembly resolution 64/289 mandated UN Women to lead, coordinate, and promote accountability of the United Nations system in its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women. To this end, UN Women elaborated the System-wide Action Plan (SWAP) on gender equality and women's empowerment.  The SWAP was presented to and adopted by the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) on 13 April 2012. SWAP is a unified gender equality framework, aimed to promote accountability, a common understanding, enhanced coherence, systematic self-assessment, and a sound focused and progressive approach which the UN system entities can follow in their work on gender equality and the empowerment of women. It has a common set of measures on gender mainstreaming for reporting and accountability. On 2 July 2012, ITU hosted a presentation by the Focal Point for Women in the UN System for ITU's senior management to discuss the SWAP and its roll-out. ITU has also started the process of reporting on the SWAP through the UN Women online system in conformity of a set of common measures to measure progress.