2022 EQUALS in Tech Awards Finalists Announced
Updated: Nov 18, 2022
The EQUALS Global Partnership is very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 EQUALS in Tech Awards! Congratulations to all the finalists, who were selected from a field of more than 160 nominated initiatives representing 54 countries around the globe.
About the Awards
Every year, the EQUALS in Tech Awards recognize outstanding projects and initiatives around the world that are helping build a brighter digital future for girls and women by bridging the gender digital divide.
Prizes are awarded for outstanding achievement and innovative strategies in five categories: Access, Skills, Leadership in Technology, Leadership in SME (small and medium enterprises) and Research. This year, for the first time, we have also introduced a new award category to recognize and celebrate the work of EQUALS partners, as nominated by their peers within the partnership.
The 2022 Finalists
The 25 finalists this year represent the innovative work, dedication to digital equality, and concrete results that directly benefit the girls and women who are most excluded from access to technology, digital skills, and opportunities for tech leadership and entrepreneurship.
Access Category Finalists
App Morada (Mexico) – Designed and evaluated by women with disabilities, this app offers resources to help prevent violence against women, and to help women who experience violence, especially those with disabilities.
Proyecto Digitalización (Mexico) – Scalable digital platform aiming to provide access to education, training, work opportunities and a supportive community for women from all walks of life.
VCEELA (Pakistan) – Ecosystem connecting unconnected and digitally untrained artisans directly to local and international markets.
Skills Category Finalists
Mujeres en Tecnología (Argentina) – Through training, research and promotion of cultural change, MeT promotes participation of women and gender minorities in technology, thereby promoting a diverse and inclusive digital ecosystem.
EY STEM App (Global) – The EY STEM App is a mobile application that helps empower young girls in the age group of 13 to 18 to join STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.
Czechitas (Czech Republic) – Social impact platform dedicated to creating and growing tech opportunities for women and girls in the Czech Republic offering practical experiences, hands-on exercises, and real-world applicability.
Leadership in SME Category Finalists
Tech Driven Entrepreneur Program (Zimbabwe) – Initiative aiming to bring more women owned micro, small and medium enterprises into the digital economy to help them grow and trade internationally.
Premier Credit (Zambia) – Financial technology company supporting local entrepreneurs and small-scale traders (most of whom are women) with online microlending and investment.
SE 360 and EstroLab (Nigeria) – SE 360 and EstroLab are complementary initiatives for women’s empowerment, designing tech innovations for women’s safety, economic empowerment and political engagement.
Leadership in Tech Category
Women Technopreneurs (WTECH) (Sri Lanka) – The WTECH Forum seeks to support, promote and grow women technopreneurs, and to increase involvement by women within the IT industry.
Women Techmakers (Nigeria) – Provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology through events, leadership programs and scholar support.
SheLeadsTech (United States) – Initiative offering resources to identify and provide pathways to educational, professional, and career-building opportunities so that under-represented populations can access and thrive within leadership roles.
AfricanWITS Female Ecosystem Mapping (Cameroon) – Initiative that produces annual data in the form of a map of various African countries with the goal of creating an ecosystem of women-led startups and businesses.
MetLife Triangle Tech X (United States) – The MetLife Triangle Tech X summit aims to bridge the gap and future-proof roles for women in STEM. In 2021, MetLife’s Women in STEM Study surveyed diversity issues within STEM.
Educational Digital Equity Initiative (EDEI) (Nigeria) – EDEI seeks to understand the barriers children, particularly girls, face in leveraging the power of technology for learning and other socioeconomic advantages.
2022 EQUALS Special Recognition Partner Award finalists, selected by their fellow partners:
EY STEM App (also nominated by the public in the Skills Award category) - The EY STEM app targets ages 13-18 in order to foster girls' and women's interest in STEM and to foster their STEM skills development.
Women’s Worldwide Web (W4) - International, non-profit organization & crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and womens’ empowerment.
Selection of Winners
The finalists for the 2022 awards were selected by the EQUALS in Tech Award Advisory Group – comprising previous award winners, EQUALS coalition members and other experts – through an established evaluation process. One winner will be selected in each category.
The 2022 EQUALS in Tech Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8 December 2022, during the annual meeting of Partner2Connect at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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