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Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age

​​​​​​​​​​​The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age (the Partnership) is a multi-stakeholder initiative implemented by ITU and UN Women to promote awareness; build political commitment, leveraging knowledge, efforts, and resources for the greatest possible impact to achieve digital gender equality at both the global and national levels. It aims at creating an unstoppable global movement where women and girls are equal participants in the technology revolution.

Through gathering of data, sharing of knowledge, and direct action, the Partnership will focus on addressing Sustainable Development Goal 5b, "Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology (ICTs), to promote the empowerment of women" through three areas of action:

  • ACCESS – Achieve equal access to digital technologies​;
  • SKILLS – Empower women and girls with skills to become ICT creators;
  • LEADERS – Promote women as ICT leaders and entrepreneurs.

Areas of action

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 Addressing the gender digital divide is a precondition for women to benefit from the opportunities provided by the digital revolution. It is also a precondition for the digital revolution to reach its full potential. The Partnership will bring together strategic stakeholders to a global platform for coordinated action in three areas:

  • Affordable access to technology and the Internet;
  • Skills on how to use technology, from basic digital literacy through the entire spectrum of STEM education;
  • And continuing to improve lives and promote women as ICT leaders and entrepreneurs.


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 In the perspective of the promotion of The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, ITU and UN Women launched in September 2016 the EQUALS campaign to promote together Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

This campaign works closely to the achievement of Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Agenda, 'Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls'.

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Research group

Academia.jpgUnder the framework of the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, the United Nations University (UNU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are in the process of implementing a Research Group to support the Partnership.

Lead by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS), the Research Group will employ an evidence-based approach bringing together data, collaborative platforms, and analysis in the furtherance of the goals of the Partnership.

Gender Digital Inclusion Map

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ITU and UNU-CS have been conducting research since May 2016 to map projects that address the gender digital divide. The first output of this project is the Gender Digital Inclusion Map, an interactive visualisation tool which can be consulted to discover initiatives that are working towards bridging the gender digital divide around the world. The aim has been to identify key organizations working in this domain, and to eventually understand what constitutes best practice among such projects. This research is part of the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

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