IGF 2019 OF #23
EQUALS in Tech Awards


The annual EQUALS in Tech awards are organized and presented by the EQUALS Global Partnership – a network of 90+ organizations, companies, UN agencies and research institutions – whose founding partners include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Women, International Trade Centre, GSMA, and United Nations University. Together, the partnership works to bring the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to women and girls, and to help women succeed in the tech sector.

The sixth annual EQUALS in Tech Awards celebrate initiatives that are closing the gender digital divide. This year, the number of categories will still reflect the structure of EQUALS, the Global Partnership to Bridge the Gender Digital Divide.
• Access: Initiatives related to improving women’s and girls’ digital technology access, connectivity and security
• Skills: Initiatives that support development of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of women and girls
• Leadership (2 subcategories):
o Initiatives focused on promoting women in decision-making roles within the ICT field
o Initiatives promoted by tech sector companies to bridge the digital gender divide
• Research: Initiatives prioritizing research on gender digital divides and producing reliable evidence to tackle diversity issues within STEM and computing fields

Winners will be flown from around the globe to attend and receive their awards at the ceremony, to share their inspiring stories, and to build their professional networks with other winners and attending EQUALS partners. The awards demonstrate just how impactful ICTs can be for women and girls to improve their personal and professional lives.


International Telecommunication Union
Carla Licciardello, International Telecommunication Union


Potential Speakers:
GSMA & ITU (Mats Granryd & Houlin Zhao)
Germany BMZ or GIZ (TBC)
ISOC (Andrew Sullivan)
UN Women (Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka)
UNU (David Malone)

Online Moderator



GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals