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A special breakfast with women ministers took place on 21 October, ahead of the first edition of the joint ITU and UN Women Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards (GEM-Tech Awards). GEM-Tech Awards aim to recognize outstanding performers and role models in gender equality and mainstreaming in information and communication technologies.

Addressing participants, ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré said “I am delighted to be provided with this platform for informal networking with women decision-makers. This is the time to get women to the tables where the decisions are being made – to shape the world, and to shape its future! And let’s keep working, as well, to get more women ministers and more women on the delegations to ITU events.”

Dr Touré informed participants that over 360 nominations had been received from 74 countries, and 37 finalists had been selected across seven categories for the inaugural awards. The winners will be announced on 28 October, as will six GEM-Tech Global Achievers that have been shortlisted. Dr Touré then highlighted some of the activities pioneered by ITU, which are aimed at promoting the power of technology to women and girls around the world…

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