On 22 September 2018, the committed to a broad set of strategic goals to bridge the digital gender divide, at its Annual Partners Plenary Meeting at the Yale Club in New York. The meeting brought together influential EQUALS partners representing leading private sector organizations, universities, United Nations organizations and government agencies – who work together to bring more women and girls to tech, and tech to more women and girls around the world.
EQUALS Steering Committee co-Chair, Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, of the International Telecommunication Union, reviewed the previous year's accomplishments and challenges, and set out the 2019 goals and commitments that will help bring the benefits of tech to millions of girls and women around the world.
“With a successful year completed for the EQUALS Global Partnership, our agenda for 2019 action is clear. We come together today with a common vision: that women and girls can be equals in tech," said Ms Bogdan-Martin.
During the meeting, UNESCO’s Director for Gender Equality, Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, presented along with Ms Birgit Frank, of the Government of Germany, the deliverables for the EQUALS Skills Coalition. These include a policy brief that will establish a working framework of the skill sets required to ensure that women and girls can leverage digital technology for empowerment and learning. During her speech, Ms Corat mentioned: “Our aim is to help policy-makers establish educational environments – and teaching and learning paradigms – that allow women and girls to more successfully cultivate digital skills and use these skills for life, learning and employment”.
The Skills Coalition is one of 3 EQUALS coalitions – Access, Skills and Leadership. It is led by UNESCO together with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Aimed at reversing digital trends and helping ensure that digital skills are taught to all children and girls in particular, this coalition provides guidance to governments and other stakeholders to make digital skills training available to girls and women throughout life.
Watch the video of the EQUALS Global Partnership 2018