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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.

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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 60 organisations including governments, companies and NGOs have joined EQUALS.

 

 

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Recommendations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Women who made it

Tatenda Ndambakuwa, Founder & CEO, Zimbabwe

Women around the globe share with us their stories of how they made their way into a career in the ICT and technology sector.

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#eSkills4Girls at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2019 in Paris

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is also advancing the discussion on AI4Gender Equality: The 2019 edition of UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week will explore how Artificial Intelligence can accelerate the process of achieving SDG 4 under the theme ‘Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development’. On this occasion, BMZ and UNESCO will organize a workshop on “Looking at AI through a gender-lens”.

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AI4Gender Inclusion?

Thanks to its broad range of applications and fast-growing investment rates in R&D, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing technology fields.  AI applications also have tremendous potential for helping to achieve the SDGs, but the world is also facing new challenges through artificial intelligence and automation, such as job losses. The article focuses on the potentials and pitfalls of AI for realizing SDG 5 on gender equality.

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#eSkills4Girls at re:publica Accra

In cooperation with re:publica GmbH and Impact Hub Accra, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was proud to host the first edition of re:publica Accra on December 14-15th 2018 also addressing the gender digital divide and female role models.

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#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.

 

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Watch the #eSkills4Girls video

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