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Ask an activist: Why do we need more women and girls in technology fields, and how can we inspire girls to pursue tech opportunities?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. In 2010, Saujani became the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. In April 2019, Saujani, also a best-selling author, visited UN Women to discuss her work.

UN Secretary-General to African girl coders: It needs a movement of girls to bring more women in science and technology

Monday, February 11, 2019

On the sidelines of the African Union Summit, 11 girls from the African Girls can Code Initiative met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to share their experiences and ambitions.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UN Women Statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Friday, February 10, 2017

Equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is founded on the principle of leaving no one behind, including women and girls who continue to be systematically under-represented both as users and as leaders in the science, technology and innovation space.

No hidden figures: success stories can help girls’ STEM careers

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February

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

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.

“This agenda is truly an agenda for this generation to deliver on” — Executive Director

Friday, August 19, 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the South Africa Women in Science Awards Gala in Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Tuesday, July 26, 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.

Hacking to combat sexual harassment in Philippines

Tuesday, July 19, 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.

Nominations open for ITU/UN Women GEM-Tech awards

Wednesday, May 18, 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.

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