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Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

17 April 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

10 March 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

02 March 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

10 February 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

15 November 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

08 November 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

01 November 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

17 October 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?

04 October 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

24 September 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

ITU and UN Women announce ‘EQUALS’: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age

20 September 2016

ITU and UN Women announce ‘EQUALS’: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, aiming to create an unstoppable global movement where women and girls are equal participants in the technology revolution. More

Deadline to nominate for ITU/UN Women Gem-Tech Awards extended to 15 August

26 July 2016

The annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls, are only open for nominations for four more weeks. More

Hacking to combat sexual harassment in Philippines

19 July 2016

In Quezon City, three out of five women experience sexual harassment in public spaces. For girls aged 18 – 24, the prevalence is even higher. As part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Flagship Programme Initiative, the Metro Manila Programme held the first-ever hackathon in May 2016, to seek mobile technology solutions to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces. More

Nominations open for ITU/UN Women GEM-Tech awards

18 May 2016

The third annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-Tech) Awards by UN Women and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), opened today for nominations. This prestigious global prize recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men (individuals and organizations) in addressing the digital gender divide by embracing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls. More

Women and girls imperative to science and technology agenda

10 February 2016

In an op-ed ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri writes about the importance of including women and girls "as creators and decision-makers in spheres that are transforming our everyday world". More

Girls bridge the digital gender gap in Central America

08 October 2015

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields. More

“With just the press of a button you can depress a person” – Executive Director on cyber violence

25 September 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Broadband Commission for Digital Development Gender Working Group meeting and launch of the report on cyber violence against women and girls, New York, 24 September. More

Global Champions Programme unites and empowers women worldwide

22 September 2015

People from all over the world have become advocates for women’s economic empowerment, participating in Empower Women’s Global Champions Programme. More

Nominations are now open for the second GEM-TECH Awards 2015

15 June 2015

Following last year’s successful first edition of the GEM-TECH Awards, UN Women and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announce the launch of the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards nominations. More

Press Release: Facebook, UN Women help female entrepreneurs boost their businesses

02 June 2015

Facebook, in support of UN Women, is hosting a Boost Your Business workshop for women Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) owners in Cape Town today. More than 200 women entrepreneurs are attending the event at the Pepper Club Hotel, where they are networking and receiving advice on growing their businesses. They are also sharing ideas with each other on how to run a socially responsible business with gender equality and women’s empowerment at its core. More

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