The G20 #eSkills4Girls initiative aims at tackling the existing gender digital divide in particular in low income and developing countries. The goal is to globally increase the access of women and girls in the digital world and to boost relevant education and employment opportunities. This platform was initiated by the G20 members together with UNESCO, UN Women, ITU and OECD to collect and disseminate information and knowledge as well as policy recommendations, good practices and flagship projects on gender digital equality.


EQUALS - Global Partnership

As a result of the #eSkills4Girls initiative, Germany has joined EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. EQUALS works to reverse the increasing digital gender divide, and to close the gap by 2030.

Thus far, approximately 30 partners and 30 research institutions have joined EQUALS. The members come from the private sector, civil society and governments and work together in four coalitions: access, leadership, skills and research. Germany, together with UNESCO, leads the skills coalition.




There are interventions on different levels that can support girls and women in ICT. Read more about what politics, private sector, civil society, academica and intergovernmental organizations can do.


The #eSkills4Girls Hackathon and Challenge, Berlin

To foster local innovation and to support initiatives that empower women and girls in tech, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development organised a hackathon (combination of hack + marathon) to develop new solutions that address the gender digital divide.


G20 Flagship Projects

G20 Flagship Projects provide an overview of best practices and projects by G20 members which address the barriers to women’s access to and use of ICT by promoting education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and girls. Find out where and how women are currently supported.


Women who made it

Tatenda Ndambakuwa, Founder & CEO, Zimbabwe

Living through and surviving food shortages of historic proportions in 2008 Zimbabwe, Tatenda is passionate about agriculture and ending hunger. Therefore, she developed Shiri, an agricultural practice that uses software and mobile applications as agricultural service solutions for farmers while creating a vibrant ecosystem of agricultural alliances.


20 #eSkills4Girls workshops were part of the Africa Code Week

Learning how to code can influence career choices for girls. Coding also gives girls a peek into the magic of the digital world. As women and girls are 1.6 times more likely to report lack of skills as a barrier, coding is an important step for their digital inclusion. This is why we joined forces with the Africa Code Week. We supported 20 coding workshops in 17 African countries that are specifically designed for girls. These workshops were organized by members of our #eSkills4Girls Africa network.

G20 leaders endorse #eSkills4Girls

G20 Hamburg Summit: The promotion of women’s empowerment in the digital age receives highest political support through the G20 Leaders’ Declaration and particularly the annex on the #eSkills4Girls initiative.


Listen Up Change Makers

EQUALS in Tech Awards now accepting nominations for innovative initiatives to bridge the digital gender divide

The EQUALS Global Partnership is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2018 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Exceptional initiatives that are using the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls across the globe are invited to submit nominations.

For more information about how to submit a nomination, visit: www.equals.org/2018-awards

Watch the #eSkills4Girls video

Watch our 5 min feature and find out about the power of #eSkills4Girls

Read our report

Women’s Pathways to the Digital Sector: Stories of Opportunities and Challenges

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Division Education and digital World (February 2017)


Cracking the Code: Empowering rural girls and women through digital skills

As the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women starts in NYC, @UNESCO & the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development are gearing up for their special event on 14 March to find ways to help girls & women everywhere go digital.
#GirlsCrackTheCode, #EQUALSinTech, #eSkills4Girls, #CSW62, #Education2030. Watch the session online: http://webtv.un.org


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