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

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


Three organizations received 2016 GEM-TECH Awards for their outstanding work on behalf women and girls' inclusion in the digital world at Telecom World in Bangkok, Thailand, today.

The 2016 GEM-TECH Award winners by category are:

Application of Technology for Women's Empowerment and Digital Inclusion

Winner: Aliadas en Cadena, Venezuela, for its work helping more than 20,000 unemployed women take control of their economic lives through computer training courses, employment skills, personal development, money management skills and support for business start-ups.

Promoting Women in the Technology Sector

Winner: Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, Regional, for its work providing training, mentorship and scholarships aimed at increasing the pipeline of women entering STEM fields as leaders and technology innovators.

Development of Gender Responsive ICT Governance, Policy and Access

Winner: World Wide Web Foundation, Global, for its work to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right.

Jointly organized by ITU, the UN agency for ICTs, and UN Women, the GEM-TECH Awards recognize the unique power of information communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls worldwide and achieve gender equality,which is  Goal 5 of  the Sustainable Development Goals world leaders agreed to in 2015. The awards were presented by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and UN Women Deputy Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jatfors.

Read the full press release on ITU's website.