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.
Watch the #eSkills4Girls Lunch Talk video
See what Nanjira Sambuli, Ethel Cofie and Birgit Frank have to say about the gender digital divide and what role the German development cooperation and the private sector can play in closing it.
EQUALS - Global Partnership
The #eSkills4Girls initiative launched under Germany´s G20 presidency is just a first step to making the digital inclusion of women and girls a matter of course. It takes joint and long-term efforts by stakeholders from governments, private sector, civil society and academia. To this end, 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. The members work together in four coalitions: access, leadership, skills and research. To date, approximately 90 organisations including governments, companies and NGOs have joined EQUALS.
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.
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.
Digital Skills Empower Women To Help Shape the Digital Future in Rwanda
Female Zambian citizen journalists ready to tell their stories
For 14 months the #eSkills4Girls project #SpeakUpGirls in Zambia has trained women in digital skills, mobile storytelling and citizen journalism. Time to take stock and congratulate the graduates!
Voter registration issues in Zambia
Malfunctioning voter registration processes make full democratic participation impossible! In her exciting video contribution for the #eSkills4Girls project SpeakUpGirls in Zambia, young journalist Memory Mudenda investigates the background and implications of delays in voter registration for the general elections in Choma.
Community screening of aspiring young female journalists in Zambia
The #eSkills4Girls project SpeakUpGirls in Zambia trains women in digital skills, mobile storytelling and citizen journalism. Time to show local duty bearers the outcome of the female journalists’ investigations and engage them in a discussion about accountability.
Visit the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub
Would you like to find more information on efforts from around the world aiming to bridge the digital skills gender gap? Or share your own projects and case studies? Then come and visit the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub!
World Map on Digital Skills training projects for women and girls
The map shows you where relevant supporting projects of different donors are located around the world. You can make a targeted search via the criteria or you zoom into your region of interest and click on the dots to read in short about the projects.
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.
BMZ publication: Women in Tech - Inspiration, no fairytales
Ivy Barley, Co-Founder of Developers in Vogue, Ghana
In December 2018, BMZ launched the book „Women in Tech: Inspiration. No fairytales” with portrays of 30 inspirational women from all over the world. The role models in this collection have overcome huge challenges at times to establish their place in the tech industry. They can inspire young women and girls and encourage them to explore possible career paths in tech.
Meet the #eSkills4Girls Fund grantees
In 2021 the #eSkills4Girls Fund was awarded for the third time to local initiatives improving women’s lives in the digital age by providing gender-sensitive skills training. Time to meet all grantees!
A Woman who made it: Marie Claire Tuyisenge
Marie Claire Tuyisenge is a Project Manager and Software Developer at MobiCash Rwanda Ltd. and Akika Hive, Rwanda
Find out more about her career and aspirations and other Women in Tech
#eSkills4Girls activities of Germany
To translate the political commitments into practice, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implements numerous activities under the framework of the initiative #eSkills4Girls.
Watch the #eSkills4Girls video
Watch our 5 min feature and find out about the power of #eSkills4Girls