Nominations are now open for the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards – See more at UN Women.
This year, the global community commits to a new UN framework for sustainable development for the next 15 years and in the current draft, the use of ICTs is included as an important means of implementing gender equality commitments. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. One of the pillars of this platform is Media, including information and communications technology. The GEM-TECH Awards are an opportunity to highlight ways in which women’s meaningful access, use and development of technology can be achieved and to inform thinking and investments as we look forward.
The 2015 awards will focus on the following three categories:
- Application of Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Recognizing applications of technology across all sectors, and particularly the pillars of the Beijing Platform for Action, for the empowerment of women and to achieve gender equality.
- Women in the Technology Sector: Recognizing success in the promotion of girls and women as creators, drivers, leaders and decision-makers in the technology sector.
- Gender-Responsive Technology Governance, Policy and Access: Recognizing efforts to bridge the gender digital divide through strategies, policies and regulations that ensure enabling and foundational factors such as access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, and more advanced skills-development are gender-responsive.
Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made here until 31 July.
For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award-2015.aspx.