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Tuesday, December 19 • 17:00 - 18:30
ITU/UN Women EQUALS in Tech Awards Ceremony: Closing the gender digital divide

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Launched by ITU and UN Women in 2014, the fourth annual EQUALS in Tech Awards (formerly GEM-Tech Awards) celebrate initiatives that are closing the gender digital divide. This award will celebrate projects and initiatives whose policies and actions are fully committed towards ensuring that women and girls have an affordable access to technology and the Internet, are empowered with skills on how to use technology, from basic digital literacy through the entire spectrum of STEM education; and allow an equal representation of women professionally which would hopefully encourage their advancement and development within these fields.

The EQUALS in Tech Awards is the flagship event of the EQUALS partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative created to promote awareness; build political commitment, leverage knowledge, efforts, and resources to achieve digital gender equality at both the global and national levels. 

Join us on December 19 to celebrate three winners that are championing gender digital inclusion. The event will be followed by a cocktail. 

For more information on the 15 Finalists of the 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards, please visit our website

  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department, International Telecommunication Union
  • Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau, UN Women | Assistant Secretary-General, UN
  • Kathy Brown, President and CEO, Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Ambassador Thomas Scheidner, Director of International Affairs, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) 
  • Emilar Gandhi, Public Policy Manager for the Southern African Development Community, Facebook 
  • 3 Award winners

Session Organizers
avatar for Loyce Witherspoon

Loyce Witherspoon

Junior Project Officer, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Fascinated by intersectionality, gender digital inclusion, and new and emerging technologies.

Tuesday December 19, 2017 17:00 - 18:30 CET
Room XVIII - E