The UN wants to overcome the gender gap in technology and telecommunications. This should inter alia reducing poverty. In New York three projects and pioneers was honored.
“I do not want that girls continue to seek men that they feed them,” said the Pakistani Minister for IT and telecommunications, Anusha Rehman Khan, Monday evening (local time) in New York City. There is the second time the awards for Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (Gem-Tech Awards) were awarded in the Civic Hall. For organizations and individuals are celebrated who through information and communication technologies to improve the situation of women
Danielle Letayf of #Builtbygirls with young IT Jennifer Wang, Zeinab Rashed and Caitlin Stanton.
Image: Daniel AJ Sokolov <- rspeak_start -> Assign to the Gem-Tech Awards from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the oldest UN agency, together with UN Women, the youngest UN organization. They had deliberately the eve of the WSIS + 10 Summit elected date. The main sponsors of the awards were this year, the Mozilla Foundation, followed by Microsoft and Switzerland. “If we want to fight poverty, [...] we need to exploit the potential of half the world’s population,” said Philipp Metzger, head of the Swiss regulator OFCOM, the overall economic effect of the empowerment of women.
The three Awards
were awarded in three categories depending on an organizations, and also as” Global Achievers “three women. The Technovation Challenge won the Gem-Tech Award for the promotion of women in the technology sector. Technovation is since 2010 Swept in 64 countries for competition Apps and Entrepreneurship
Image: Daniel AJ Sokolov <- rspeak_start -> Girls in! aged from ten to 18 years may be three months away form before they prove themselves: programming, problem solving, business skills and teamwork are part of the curriculum. These tips come from the practice of mentors. About 5,000 girls have participated in a Technovation Challenge. 2018, the competition aims to have taken over in all countries.
In the category “gender responsive ICT Governance, Policy and Access”, the jury was impressed by the Senegalese Ministry of Telecommunications. It has a gender department was set up to enhance the participation of women in the private and public ICT sector. It binds well aware of boys and men in their programs. The actions include training opportunities, the involvement of politicians as role models, competitions and targeted attention to the needs and interests of women in electronic services of the public sector.
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The price of the practical use of technology for the empowerment of women went to Thailand, namely at the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM). The CCDKM has 100,000 marginalized women and girls trained in its ten years of existence in the purpose-oriented use of computers. You can now use health services, educational services and financial services.
In telecentres they can go online and chat about video conferencing with women and girls in other Asian countries. In addition, the CCDKM propagated the use of Facebook for the distribution of manufactured goods in homework. The success of CCDKM have other ASEAN countries encourages them to launch similar programs.
One of the three excellent as an individual women was the Pakistani Minister Rehman Khan , She has in her country initiated a number of IT projects for women and insisted on other projects on quotas. These include programming courses for particularly poor girl or 500 telecentres reservation of half the computer for women. If there is no separate area for women, so many Pakistani parents would not allow their daughters to go
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Pamela Hamamoto, the US ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was honored for her initiatives in the diplomatic scene Geneva. There, the ITU has its headquarters. At Hamamotos projects include “The Future She Deserves” (“The future that she has earned”). And Nancy Hafkin was honored for her decades-long commitment to the Africa network. Hafkin also warns against viewing technology with regard to gender roles as neutral.
At the edge of the awards were presented at the New York Civic Hall some US initiatives. Three of them want more female programmers and more female IT entrepreneurs bring forth: #Builtbygirls, Girls Who Code, and Black Girls Code