Press release: ITU / UN Women GEM-TECH Awards highlight need to bridge global gender ‘digital divide’

Awards aim to strengthen empowerment of women and girls through ICTs

Geneva, 8 December 2015 – The second annual GEM-TECH Awards, which recognize outstanding work to leverage the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote the empowerment of women and girls, highlight the urgent need to bridge the persistent gender digital divide. Jointly organized by ITU and UN Women, the GEM-TECH awards were launched in 2014 in recognition of the tremendous power of ICTs to transform women’s lives by providing them with better access to education, information, support networks, employment opportunities, political participation, and the devices and apps that can improve their personal safety. The awards aim to recognize the diversity and scope of work being done around the world – and to play an important role in highlighting – and narrowing – the gender digital divide.

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