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GEM-TECH Awards 2016

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Meet the Winners of the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards here!

For more information about the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards Ceremony and Celebration, click here.

The 3rd annual GEM-TECH Awards, jointly organized by ITU and UN Women, celebrate personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies to advance Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the area of ICTs. The GEM-TECH Awards provide a platform for advancing women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs and their role as decision-makers and producers in the technology sector.

The only international prizes of their kind, GEM-TECH Awards were celebrated in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2014 and in New York, USA in 2015.

The GEM-TECH Awards 2016 will be presented this year at ITU Telecom World 2016, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14 -17 November. ITU Telecom World is the international tech event for public and private sector leaders in ICT, bringing together governments, corporates and SMEs from around the world to exhibit innovative solutions, debate the key issues shaping the industry and network across the digital community. The GEM-TECH Awards will host Forum sessions at ITU Telecom World 2016  exploring new opportunities to bridge the digital divide worldwide to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women.

GEEna Davis

ICTs represent a powerful way to bridge the gender gap. The annual ITU/UN Women GEM-TECH Awards celebrate ‘ICT & gender’ success stories from around the world, recognizing outstanding achievements from the public and private sector stakeholders.


Geena Davis, Academy-Award-winning actor and
ITU Special Envoy for Women & Girls in ICT

Eligible Stakeholders

2016 Award categories

  1. ​Apply Technology for Women's Empowerment and Digital Inclusion: initiatives related to women's social, economic, political empowerment, combatting gender-based violence (both offline and online), and driving sustainable development. 
  2. Promote 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. Develop Gender Responsive ICT Governance, Policy and Access: 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. ​

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