The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plans to reward efforts by governments and organisations worldwide to empower women and girls that are using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This is to be done through presentation of the Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) awards to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as private stakeholders in technology.
The GEM-TECH award is a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognising outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls. The award spans three categories which include ‘Applying Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Digital Inclusion’, ‘Promoting Women in the Technology Sector’ and ‘Developing Gender-Responsive ICT Governance’.
In a statement by ITU, the union encourages Companies, government offices, NGOs and individuals to get their nominations in for the annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards. Portals for nomination are opened until 31 July.
ITU says that a shortlist of nine finalists will be announced at the end of September, with the final three winners selected by a committee of experts from ITU, UN Women, and a panel comprising 2015 GEM-TECH winners. The awards will be conferred at a prestigious ceremony to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the ITU Telecom World event (14-17 November 2016).