EQUALS inTech: actions taken and results achieved in connecting women and girls with ICTs
EQUALS / International Telecommunication Union
EQUALS is a unique Global Partnership working to bridge the gender digital divide (GDD) through a uniquely coordinated and accelerated path. EQUALS—as a partnership, a platform and a movement—represents a successful example of cooperation among more than 90 partners from every region of the world.
The challenges that face women and girls in the digital age (gaps in digital access, skills and leadership) are the challenges chosen and embraced by the EQUALS partnership.
This is why the EQUALS Global Partnership:
· provides a hub, a coordinated platform and a route map to stakeholders to leverage their actions and their support and to maximize the results of their different initiatives, actions and projects;
· measures progress and results. To achieve measurability and accountability within the broader goals, EQUALS partners have made concrete and measurable commitments within their coalitions (Access, Skills and Leadership) to work together towards achieving these goals;
· recognizes and showcases innovative initiatives and projects addressing the digital gender divide, in the areas of leadership, access and skills with the organization of the annual flagship event the “EQUALS in Tech Awards”
· brings together new and existing evidence—in the form of significant and credible data--that allows to find ways to multiply stakeholders’ efforts, reduce duplication, increase efficiency and make more rapid progress toward the goal of gender digital equality.
Building on the momentum and awareness on the importance of bridging the GDD, stakeholders are taking meaningful action to raise awareness and implement practices towards this goal. This workshop will focus on the actions, tools and experiences to enhance access, skills and leadership of women and girls in ICTs and the importance for the social and economic development. Participants will take stock of the current actions and results from project beneficiaries towards closing the gender digital divide.
Mr Andrew Rugege, Regional Director for Africa, ITU
- Ms Joyce Dogniez, Vice President of Community Engagement and Development, ISOC - Chair of EQUALS Steering Committee
- Prof Tim Unwin, Royal Holloway, University of London & Lanzhou University, China
- Dr Araba Sey, Head of Research/Principal Research Fellow, United Nations University - Computer and Society
- Mr Juan Hoyos, Adviser Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre
- Ms Claire Scharwatt, Director of Advocacy for the Connected Women and Connected Society programmes in M4D, GSMA
- Mr Ahmad AlSadeh, Project Manager, Online Sexual Harassment-and-Blackmail Awareness for Palestinian Schoolgirls (iSHA-PS), ISOC Chapter of Palestine
- Ms. Mei Lin Fung, Secretary of the Board, co-founder, People Centered Internet
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
- C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
- C4. Capacity building
- C11. International and regional cooperation
Session's link to Sustainable Development Process
- Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development