Companies, government offices, NGOs and individuals are urged 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 23:59 EDT on 31 July, and span three categories:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 awards will be conferred at a prestigious ceremony to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the ITU Telecom World event (14-17 November 2016).
Join the #GEMTechAwards conversation on Twitter, or go to last year’s site to re-live the excitement of the 2015 GEM-TECH Awards!