The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UN Women are calling for entries for the forthcoming 2016 GEM-TECH Awards.
For the entries an interested female can nominate herself or nominate vibrant women who have impacted the local telecommunications sector.
By Kuda Pembere
“So please nominate yourself or others – civil society, public sector, UN system and international organizations, private sector or academia,” said GEM-TECH in a statement.
Worthy of nomination are females who have done exceptional work to, “Apply Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Digital Inclusion: initiatives related to women’s social, economic, political empowerment, combating gender-based violence (both offline and online), and driving sustainable development.
“Promote Women in the Technology Sector: initiatives that promote more gender equality in ICT/STEM education and careers, especially initiatives where girls and women are cultivated as creators, developers, leaders and decision-makers.
“ Develop Gender Responsive ICT Governance, Policy and Access: initiatives focused on new legislation, policy frameworks or internal corporate strategy to improve women’s access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, skills development and rights.”
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a central goal and ICTs have been recognized as a key means of implementation in the new UN 2030 Agenda.
“The GEM TECH Awards can play an important role in highlighting what works and where initiatives can be scaled and further investments made. Moreover, they showcase the tremendous talent and determination of women to ensure that technology and its application are relevant and responsive to their needs,” said GEM-TECH.
The nominations will be open until July 31, 2016.
“Please note that self-nominations are welcome. Kindly note that nominees may apply for a maximum of two categories only. Only submissions in English will be accepted,” said GEM-TECH.