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International Girls in ICT Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On International Girls in ICT Day, 27 April, UN Women joins ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology, and girls and women around the world to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education. The technology sector is one of the fastest growing industries globally, but experiencing skills gap. The European Commission, for example, has predicted a skills gap of over 800.000 ICT jobs in... More

Hacking to combat sexual harassment in Philippines

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Clau Yagyagan, 24, won the “#Safe Cities Hackathon: Tech the Path to Women’s Safety”. The UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila (SC MM) Programme held the first ever hackathon or computer programming competition that aimed to find information and mobile technology. The hackathon competition saw fifty-six seasoned and emerging hackers work in teams and... More

Why women need technology and technology needs women

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Little more than three decades after the internet in the current sense was developed, more people access mobile and information and communication technology (ICT) networks than clean water and energy. Of more than three billion Internet users, two thirds live in the developing world and approximately 45 percent in Asia. However, 25 percent fewer women than... More

Making women s voices and votes count – an ICT intervention

Monday, November 10, 2014

More than 500 rural women shared their experiences when it comes to using information and communication technology to improve governance and access to women’s rights with each other and a delegation from UN Women that included Executive Director and Under-­‐Secretary General Phumzile Mlambo-­‐Ngcuka, on Sunday in Shihore Block of Bhavnagar district, Gujarat. More

Transforming Lives and Empowering Women through Lighting Up Communities with Solar Energy

Monday, November 5, 2012

In late 2011, the Governments of Pacific countries and India as well as Barefoot College entered into a partnership with UN Women Pacific to send women from the Pacific to India to become solar engineers. More

Rural Women Light Up the World

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vitu Levu, Vanua Levu, Kadavu Levu. - Rural women in Fiji have been identified to be trained as solar energy technicians. After six months’ training in the Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, these women will be able to set up small solar systems in each household in their home village. They will also establish a workshop and provide maintenance and repair of all the units. This way, non-electrified villages in Pacific Island Countries will be equipped with solar energy for light in each house. Since most people also in rural areas use mobile phones, they will henceforth charge their mobiles in their own home. More

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