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From where I stand: “We are trying to build a drone…to dispense medicines in rural areas”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Eno Ekanem was among 80 girls from 34 African countries who attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 August 2018. The camp marked the launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission, UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union More

Meet the African girls who are coding to make a difference

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). More

Testing new approaches to leave no woman and girl behind

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Women’s rights organizations from eight countries gather to identify and prototype new solutions to gender equality challenges More

Press release: UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women’s economic empowerment in crisis situations

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. More

Press release: UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change launches the Gender Innovation Principles

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, facilitated by UN Women to develop the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, is launching a set of global standards called the “Gender Innovation Principles”. The Principles aim to take a gender-responsive approach to innovation and technology. More

Media advisory: UN Women, Global Innovation Coalition for Change launch the Gender Innovation Principles at Nasdaq ringing of the bell ceremony

Friday, August 31, 2018

UN Women, in partnership with the Global Innovation Coalition for Change, a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, is hosting the launch of the Gender Innovation Principles. More

UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Unprecedented hunger for change brings girls expanded horizons and changed attitudes More

Editorial spotlight: International Girls in ICT Day, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It’s slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields. More

In the words of Nandini Chami: "The conversation on ICTs needs to move beyond just accessibility"

Friday, April 20, 2018

Nandini Chami works on policy research and advocacy on the intersection of ICTs, gender equality, and development, at IT for Change, an NGO based in Bengaluru, India. She was part of the IT for Change team that developed a toolkit on mainstreaming gender in e-government ecosystems for policymakers in the Asia-Pacific, with support from UNPOG and UNESCAP. She also supports Prakriye, a centre in Mysore, in developing training programmes for women’s rights groups on adopting digital tools in their field practice, and ‘education for empowerment’ for rural adolescent girls. Ms. Chami recently spoke to UN Women at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). More

Speech: “We need to close the digital gap”—Executive Director

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event ‘All on Board – Closing the Digital Gap for Women and Girls in Developing Countries’ at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-hosted by the Executive Director, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Neven Mimica and the Chair of the Development Committee of the European Parliament, Ms. Linda McAvan. More

High-level event organized by UN Women and EU institutions gathers decision-makers on closing the gender digital gap

Monday, April 9, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will attend the “All on board – Closing the digital gap for women and girls in developing countries” high-level event, co-hosted by the European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women in Brussels, on 11 April. More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector. More

Press release: EQUALS in Tech Awards now accepting nominations for innovative initiatives to bridge the digital gender divide

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The EQUALS Global Partnership is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2018 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Exceptional initiatives that are using the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls across the globe are invited to submit nominations. More

UN Women to announce Champions for Innovation

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

UN Women will announce the appointment of six Champions for Innovation at International Women’s Day commemoration event on 8 March, co-organized by Innovation Norway, SAP and UN Women. The Champions include fashion designer Rachel Roy, actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Zoe Saldana, former NFL player Wade Davis, inventor Joy Mangano and historian Nina Ansary. More

From where I stand: Using blockchain technology to empower women

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Olivier Mukuta, a social innovator who grew up in a refugee camp is working to create blockchain technology solutions to help empower women in humanitarian crisis situations. More

Joint message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In their joint message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, Audrey Azoulay,
 Director-General of UNESCO
 and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
 call on all to tackle gender inequality in the sciences by dismantling the barriers to girls and women, at home, in the classroom and in the workplace. More

UN Women and partners to pilot blockchain technology in humanitarian action

Friday, February 2, 2018

UN Women, in partnership with the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN OICT) and with the support of Innovation Norway, hosted a four-day simulation lab to explore cutting-edge solutions based on blockchain technologies that address challenges faced by women and girls in humanitarian settings. More

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, youth harness the power of tech to combat violence against women and girls

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo brought gender and tech experts together with youth from all around the country to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls. More

Press release: Finalists announced for 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ITU and UN Women are pleased to announce the 15 finalists for the 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards. As the flagship event of the EQUALS global network partnership, the annual award ceremony recognizes outstanding projects and programmes around the world that help women and girls cross the digital divide. More

Speech: Making innovation work for women

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017 on 24 October. More

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