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Nigeria’s Ministry of Communication Technology wins GEM-TECH Awards that Promotes Women’s Digital Empowerment

Omobola Johnson
Simi on October 28, 2014 - 11:46 am in Education, GirlPower, Press Release

Co-organized with UN Women, the GEM-TECH Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through information and communication technology (ICT). The launch of the awards in June of this year prompted over 360 nominations from over 70 countries around the world. The awards were open to leading women and men, as well as organizations working in the field of ICT and gender.

Seven outstanding individuals and organizations leading pioneering projects and advocacy linked to harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to boost gender empowerment were honoured this morning as recipients of the first-ever GEM-TECH Awards.

The awards were conferred by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré before some 2,500 delegates at a special ceremony in the morning Plenary session of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference currently taking place in Busan, Republic of Korea. The event was introduced by leading Korean TV personality Jie-ae Sohn, a journalist with 25 years’ experience as a correspondent for some of the world’s leading media channels. .

Omobola Johnson

Co-organized with UN Women, the GEM-TECH Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through information and communication technology (ICT). The launch of the awards in June of this year prompted over 360 nominations from over 70 countries around the world. The awards were open to leading women and men, as well as organizations working in the field of ICT and gender.

The seven GEM-TECH winners are:

Category 1: applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s social and political empowerment and links with sustainable development

Winner: UNESCO’s Women in Africa’s History e-Learning project        Africa

Category 2: ICT applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction

Winner: iMerit Technology,        India

Category 3: Promoting Women in the ICT sector – initiatives to attract, retain and promote women in the ICT sector and into decision-making roles (public/private sector)

Winner: BCS Chartered Institute for IT    United Kingdom

Category 4: Enabling girls to become ICT creators – initiatives aimed at providing girls with the opportunity to become not just active users, but creators of ICTs and content

Winner: Research Center for Feminist Action (CIPAF)     Dominican Republic

Category 5: Closing the ICT gender gap, ensuring ICT accessibility for women, such as digital literacy training and ensuring affordable and meaningful access to ICTs by women.

Winner: Telecentre.org Foundation        Philippines

Category 6: Efforts to reduce online threats and to build women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs

Winner: Association for Progressive Communications (APC)      South Africa

Category 7: ICT and broadband strategies, policies and frameworks that promote women’s digital empowerment

Winner: Federal Ministry of Communication Technology          Nigeria

The awards were sponsored by Gold Partners the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Rwanda, the Swiss Confederation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Silver Partners Cisco Systems and Facebook. Watch more videos here

 

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