Category Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Women’s digital inclusion is key to sustainable economic growth

Last week, as thousands of young women participated in International Girls in ICT Day events around the globe, the ‘W20’ in Germany issued a declaration, entitled “Putting Gender Equality at the Core of the G20.” The declaration stated that “the G20’s goal of inclusive and sustainable economic growth in an interconnected world will not be […]

Why women in tech matter – bringing the message to #SXSW

What does a 14-year-old teenager from Ireland, an engineer from Nigeria, an executive from France, a tech entrepreneur from Texas, and a Hollywood actor have in common? They all support the EQUALS vision for gender equality in tech! At South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, a diverse group of men and women from around the globe […]


The latest ITU ICT Facts and Figures report for 2016 shows that the digital divide is slowly diminishing. Lower prices are making digital devices and services more affordable, technological developments are making technology more ubiquitous, and targeted policies are enhancing ICT universal service programs. There is still a long road ahead, but there are also […]

Gender equality goes mainstream: GEM-TECH Awards are next week!

Nossas Cidades is a Brazilian organization that promotes civic engagement through technological and activism tools. In May 2016, they built the Mapa do Acolhimento (which translates to Safe Haven Map), an innovative project aiming to bring together women in response to sexual violence. In Albania, the Women’s Network in Decision Making has trained 220 women […]

The Broadband Gender Divide Takes Center Stage

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department of ITU and Executive Secretary of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development provides some key insights from the recently published 2016 State of Broadband Report. The 2016 State of Broadband Report published by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development offers plenty of good news, data, […]


The 2016 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development was the first major review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs themselves in September 2015. The HLPF was marked by passionate support for achieving the ambitious goals, and as the President of the General Assembly said […]

No one left behind: Broadband’s role in achieving the #SDGs

Broadband is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It plays a vital role in improving global sustainable development by supporting the provision of basic needs such as education and healthcare, helping to lift people out of poverty through e-commerce and job growth, monitoring climate change and planetary processes, and bridging the digital gender […]