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

14 July 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

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

13 June 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

International Girls in ICT Day

26 April 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

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

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

10 February 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. More

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

09 February 2017

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

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

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

19 August 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 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

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

New global initiative to close gender gap in science and technology

18 November 2014

Global women leaders in tech participate in IGNITE More

UN Women Executive Board concludes, adopts Strategic Plan, explores use of ICT

19 September 2013

On the concluding day of the 2013 Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board, Member States learned how the organization is harnessing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to advance and empower women. More

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

01 July 2013

As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges. More

Mothers lighting up homes and communities in rural Tanzania

04 June 2013

On World Environment Day, a tribute to six mothers and grandmothers from three remote villages in southern Tanzania who are bringing renewable energy to their communities, serving as role models, and increasing women’s safety and voice in local development. More

Closing the science and technology gender gap in the Dominican Republic

13 July 2012

According to a study by the Research Center for Women's Action (CIPAF), about 80 per cent of teachers in the Dominican Republic believe that boys excel in mathematics while girls do better in languages. More

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