Tag Archives: GEMTechAwards

Perspectives from Pakistan – Women in ICT Engineering

“Why are you wasting your time and money on engineering? All you’ll ever be is a housewife,” said one discouraging voice. Another spoke softly, “You poor soul, engineering isn’t for women.” A professor in my first year of engineering studies said on multiple occasions that she didn’t want to ‘waste’ a lot of time trying […]

GEM-TECH awards: Nominate a leader in ICT gender equality!

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 […]

#GEMtechAwards 2015: Photo Blog

On 14 December, the winners of the annual GEM-TECH Awards (#GEMtechAwards) were announced at a special awards ceremony held at Civic Hall in New York, co-hosted by the New York Mayor’s Office. 2015 was an important year for gender equality. We celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, and the newly adopted Sustainable […]

What the GEM-TECH Awards mean to me

In late October 2014, I travelled to Busan, Republic of Korea, to collect one of the first GEM-Tech Awards at ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. I was deeply honored to accept the award on behalf of the 40,000 marginalized young students of iMerit and our sister company, Anudip Foundation, who have been mainstreamed into digital jobs and […]

Why GEM-Tech? Putting Gender on the ICT Map

It is a fact that women have less access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with 200 million fewer women online globally than men. It is also a fact that women are underrepresented in the ICT sector workforce, where they represent only 6% of the CEOs in the top 100 Technology companies. Almost 20 years ago, […]