Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Geneva, 14 July 2014 – ITU and UN Women are partnering to launch a new global technology award that recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men in leveraging the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote gender equality.
The annual GEM-TECH Awards will be conferred on seven winners from government, the private sector, academia and civil society at ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference, which will be held in Busan, Korea from 20 October - 7 November. Winners will travel to Busan to accept their award and join a global celebration on October 21 promoting the power of ICTs to transform lives.
Online nominations are open until 11:59 CET on 5 September, 2014 at www.itu.int/gem-tech-awards, with winners to be notified by 5 October. ITU encourages men and women working in the ICT sector to nominate their colleagues – or themselves – with the final seven winners to be selected by a committee of experts from ITU and UN Women.
The awards will be presented by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as part of a day-long programme of activities around gender issues.
The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of ‘diversity’ figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Linked In, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20%, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better – reflecting a global lack of women coming into the ICT field.