GEM-TECH award winners to be announced at ITU World Telecom in November

Companies, government offices, NGOs and individuals have exactly one month to get their nominations in for 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.

Online nominations are open until midnight on July 31, 2016 and span three categories:

  1. Applying Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Digital Inclusion: initiatives related to women’s social, economic, political empowerment, combatting gender-based violence (both offline and online), and driving sustainable development.
  2. Promoting Women in the Technology Sector: initiatives that promote more gender equality in ICT/STEM education and careers, especially initiatives where girls and women are cultivated as creators, developers, leaders and decision-makers.
  3. Developing Gender-Responsive ICT Governance: initiatives focused on new legislation, policy frameworks or internal corporate strategy to improve women’s access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, skills development and rights.

A shortlist of nine finalists will be announced at the end of September, with the final three winners selected by a committee of experts from ITU, UN Women, and a panel comprising 2015 GEM-TECH winners.

The overall award winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the ITU Telecom World event running from November 14 – 17, 2016.

Hosted by United Nations Agencies UN Women and ITU, the annual GEM-TECH Awards recognize that  technology is a uniquely powerful means for transforming the lives of women and helping redress the global gender gap. The only international prizes of their kind, the GEM-TECH Awards celebrate outstanding personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies that harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) for women’s empowerment, promote women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs, including as producers and decision-makers in the technology sector, and that create policies and investments that advance women’s digital equality.

The first edition of GEM-TECH Awards was successfully launched at ITU Plenipotentiary 2014, in Busan, Republic of Korea and celebrated 7 incredible inspiring winners as well as global achievers.

Last year’s GEM-TECH Awards were celebrated on December 14, in New York, on the eve of the World Summit on the Information Society +10 (WSIS+10) High Level review meeting, and is co-hosted by the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.


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