The 2016 GEM-TECH Awards Finalists has been announced by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations (UN) Women. A total of 14 finalists for the 2016 GEM-TECH awards was announced yesterday. This annual award honours outstanding projects and programmes which promote the empowerment of women and girls through innovative uses of technology across the world.

The GEM-TECH Awards was launched in 2014 in recognition of the important role that new technologies play in the empowerment of women and girls. The 2016 GEM-TECH Awards received 311 nominations from 81 countries from a wide range of organisations and entities coming from government, industry and academia as well as civil society.

The nominations covered a number of projects which include women’s safety, e-government solutions, e-agriculture. These projects support women’s economic empowerment and innovative digital skills training for women and girls.

The finalists of the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards and their outstanding projects and programmes come from the following categories:

Promoting women in the technology sector
The Finalists are:

Women’s Network Equality in Decision Making, Albania.
Safe Haven Map, Nossas Cidades, Brazil.
Kanyashree, India.
Aliadas en Cadena, Venezuela.
WikiProject Women in Red, Wikipedia Global.

Applying technology for women’s empowerment
The Finalists are:

Girls in Tech, Indonesia.
TECHNOLOchicas, Mexico and USA.
VHTO, the Dutch National Expert Organisation on Girls/Women and Science/Technology, The Netherlands.
Laboratoria, Peru, Mexico and Chile.
Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, Nigeria and USA.

Develop gender responsive ICT governance, policy and access
The Finalists are:

Unidad de Gobierno Digital de la Secretaria de la Funcion Publica, Mexico.
Women’s Rights Online and Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation, Global.
Bangladesh Association of Software and IS (BASIS) Women’s Forum, Bangladesh.
Internet Governance in the MENA Region (iGmena), The Netherlands.

A committee of experts from ITU and UN Women will select three winners from the above categories. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 15 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand during ITU Telecom World 2016.