ITU Blog: 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, the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing set the most important global overarching framework for gender empowerment in the world, adopting the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It called for equal access to economic resources, including information and communication, and called for equal participation in both the technical and decision-making areas of communications and the mass media.

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