About the Awards

The Equals in Tech Awards are given every year to organizations and individuals working to help girls and women gain equal internet access, digital skills and opportunities in the tech industry.

2021 Finalists

ACCESS

CATEGORY

Improving women's and girls’ digital technology access, connectivity and security

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Foundation that aims to empower women by providing access to digital financial services, training and support.

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Leverages technology to support girls at risk of FGM in Mara by ensuring that they can be found quickly.

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Teaches and trains women leaders and businesswomen using the e-learning platform Kolibri, while also introducing STEM to young girls.

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Organization working in Africa to provide concrete mentorship, community, training, and job opportunities for African women in STEM.

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Empowers young girls in Burundi with training to integrate successfully into the employment sector, and promotes female entrepreneurship in agro-food technology.

SKILLS

CATEGORY

Supporting development of science, technology, engineering and math skills of women and girls

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Brazilian platform that provides resources to support, guide and encourage women studying and working in STEM.

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Encourages young women in Lebanon to explore and venture into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Aims to close the skills and gender gaps in ICT by holding seminars, trainings, education programs, and counselling.

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Provides a technical and practical certification program for women in Bénin to develop skills in technology, entrepreneurship and digital leadership.

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Program in Burundi that aims to increase the number of women in tech by providing #STEM skills and raising awareness on digital career opportunities.

LEADERSHIP IN TECH

CATEGORY

Promoting women in decision-making roles within the ICT field
 

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Government program in Saudi Arabia program providing trainings on emerging technologies and empowering digital champions.

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Empowers women in Argentina to be tech leaders by providing courses, workshops, career advisors, internships and funding.

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Builds a more inclusive tech environment by creating a network of black women tech leaders in Brazil.

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Ghana-based initiative works to bridge the gender divide in the tech industry and create a supportive community of African women leaders.

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Program aiming to bridge the socio-economic gap in India so that young women in all communities have the opportunity to be transformational leaders.

LEADERSHIP IN SME

CATEGORY

Promoting women’s leadership in technology SMEs

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Helps women (particularly those owning MSMEs) in Indonesia to develop and/or grow their business, as well as increase access to supply chains.

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Free mobile learning platform in Nigeria for women to learn vocational, financial, digital and business skills, motivating them to create their own small businesses.

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Enables easier access to loans, transactions and financial services to empower women-owned small businesses and other underserved communities in India.

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Empowers craftswomen and girls in Egypt to use the information available on the internet towards economic, social and cultural development of their work.

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Provides practical training programs, networking and job search assistance to create a female-dominated talent pool for Tunisian IT companies.

RESEARCH

CATEGORY

Initiatives working to expand digital gender divide knowledge in support of evidence-based decision-making

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Research study on the design of the qualitative inclusion, equal opportunities, and participatory work environment index in digital government agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Online platform that automates the delivery of customized gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) analysis to empower decision makers with critical information.

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Explores the collection, sharing and use of data in creating social impact in communities, specifically focusing on African feminist movements.

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Researching legal responses to victims of digital gender violence such as non-consensual dissemination of intimate images through mobile devices and the internet.

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Taif University project demonstrating how values have pervasive impact on human behavior through a case study of Saudi women’s visibility in digital media.

Explore the Awards

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The EQUALS in Tech Awards (formerly the GEM-TECH Awards) were envisioned in 2013 as a way to recognize the inspiring work being done by initiatives around the world, aimed at closing the gender digital divide. 

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About Our Judges

The EQUALS in Tech Award finalists and winners are chosen by former winners, known as the Advisory Group, and experts from the EQUALS Steering Committee, composed of coalition leads, co-founders, and financial contributors.

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