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Press release: UN Women and technology leaders launch Global Innovation Coalition for Change

Monday, September 11, 2017

On 14 September, UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls. More

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. More

Media Advisory: Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum

Thursday, September 7, 2017

UN Women, the UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are partnering to host the first UN Women Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum, a one-day global conference, which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world. More

Reshaping the future: Women, girls, ICTs and the SDGs

Friday, July 14, 2017

A chapter on Sustainable Development Goal 5, written by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and originally published in the ITU publication, “Fast forward progress: leveraging tech to achieve the global goals”, launched at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. More

Press Release: Equals in Tech Awards

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for international ‘Equals in Tech’ Awards, an initiative of ITU and UN Women, recognizing ICT initiatives empowering women and girls. Awards promote and support gender equality in the ICT field More

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems. More

UN Women Executive Director to call for bridging the gender digital divide at Transform Africa Summit

Monday, May 8, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Rwanda to participate in the Transform Africa Summit (10 – 12 May), which has become a landmark forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the continent, gathering around 4,000 participants annually. More

Speech: “E-commerce offers enormous opportunities”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, May 5, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Dimension of E-Commerce Panel Discussion co-organized by ITC, ITU, UNCTAD, UN Women. More

International Girls in ICT Day

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year, led by ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology. UN Women joins girls and women around the world on 27 April to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education. More

Statement: Vast gains for young women and girls with the right ICT skills and assets

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UN Women statement on International Girls in ICT Day 2017 More

Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

Monday, April 17, 2017

Girls across Tunisia are getting ready for the third edition of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that invites girls aged 10 – 18 years to learn and apply technology to solve problems within their communities. Working in teams, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps, supported by mentors. Some 70 teams and more than 300 applicants have registered for the 2017 national pitch in Tunisia, and finalists would be announced in May 2017. More

UN Women and ITU panel: Why Women in Tech Matter

Friday, March 10, 2017

“Why Women in Tech Matter?” will be the theme of the panel discussion jointly organized by ITU and UN Women on 11 March, in Austin, Texas, in the context of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. This will be the first time ever that UN agencies are organizing this prestigious event that celebrates the convergence of interactive, film and music industries. More

Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017. More

Speech: “We must ensure that women’s participation in innovation is not the exception, but becomes the norm”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Full and equal access to, participation and leadership of women in science technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages has been recognized as an imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls..." Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the official UN commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. More

Press release: ITU and UN Women announce winners of the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH event showcases the key role ICTs play in advancing women’s empowerment worldwide More

GEM-TECH Award Winners to be announced on 15 November in Bangkok

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH Award will transform the lives of people who empower women in ICT More

Women breaking barriers and optimizing opportunities in a digital world

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In order to level the playing ground and advance women’s leadership in the ICT sector, UN Women is working with partners around the world to close the gender digital gap. More

Finalists announced for the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards

Monday, October 17, 2016

ITU and UN Women announced today the fourteen finalists for the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards to advance women’s participation in the ICT sector. This annual award honours outstanding projects and programmes around the world that promote the empowerment of women and girls through innovative uses of technologies. More

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Joy Chebet Bii is a 20-year-old living in Nairobi, Kenya. Joy, a student in mathematics and computer science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is a Mozilla Club captain. Through a partnership between UN Women and The Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Clubs teach web literacy skills to women and girls in Cape Town and Nairobi. Joy uses her expertise to teach girls in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi, basic coding and digital literacy skills. More

From where I stand: Ileana Crudu

Saturday, September 24, 2016

When Ileana Crudu, now 19, finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology and continues to advocate for girls’ and women’s participation in the ICT sector at the university in The Netherlands where she is studying. More

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