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EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age
Description/achievement of initiative

-Through data collection, knowledge sharing, and direct actions, the partnership will focus on: affordable access to technology and the Internet; building skills to use and create technology, from basic digital literacy through the entire spectrum of STEM education; and continuing to improve lives by creating opportunities and environments for women to advance professionally through equal representation and leadership positions in the technology sector. - The partnership will provide a platform allowing for exchanges of experience and expertise to catalyse initiatives and activities. The partnership will be evidence-based and data-driven.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

- EQUALS co-founders of are: ITU, UN Women, ITC, UNU and GSMA. - Principals Meeting/ Steering Committee Closed group of 20-30 organizations represented at executive level Chief Executives of the Co-founding 1. Main decision making and agenda setting body 2. Providing strategic leadership and coordination 3. Lead coalition work on a rotating/periodic basis 4. Support outreach to raise funding and mobilize adequate resources to achieve coalitions targets 5. Represent the Global Partnership as advocate/ambassadors on a national/ regional/ international level 6. Agree to meet on an annual basis - General Members: 1. After becoming a general member, a further affiliation to a coalition/coalitions can be done. 2. The affiliation to the partnership as a general member requires to advocate for the cause and share success stories by using the partnership hashtag. - Coalition Members: 1. Coordination of the coalition Partners inputs 2. Chair Coalition meetings 3. Develop and agree on an annual work plan of activities to be implemented and monitored 4. Report globally on the progress


Progress reports
Goal 5
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
Reduce the gender gap in internet access and use.
Reduce the gender gap in female leadership in tech through entrepreneurship and employment.
Promote enhancing learning by women and girls in STEM subjects at school, university and vocationally.
Other, please specify
1.000.000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
seeking for human resources/staff time
In-kind contribution
seeking for inkind contribution to scale up existing efforts

Basic information
Time-frame: September 2016 - 2020
Contact information
Doreen Bogdan Martin, Chief, equals@itu.int
United Nations