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2023 EQUALS in Tech Awards Finalists

The EQUALS Global Partnership is immensely pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 EQUALS in Tech Awards! For the 10th anniversary of the EQUALS in Tech Awards, the finalists have been selected from more than 132 nominated initiatives representing 54 countries from around the world. Congratulations to all the finalists!

About the Awards

For the past 10 years, the EQUALS in Tech Awards have been recognizing outstanding projects and initiatives around the world that are working towards bridging the gender digital divide. They have been highlighting impactful work that is bettering the lives of girls and women everywhere. 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.

Last year the Special Recognition Partner Award was introduced to recognize and celebrate the work of EQUALS partners. The nominations for this special Award are received from the finalists’ peers within the partnership.

The 2023 Finalists

The 15 finalists this year represent the innovative work, dedication to digital equality, and concrete results that directly benefit girls and women who are most excluded from access to technology, digital skills, and opportunities for tech leadership and entrepreneurship.

Access Category Finalists

AlertGBV is a free omnichannel digital platform, available in French and English, for online assistance and financial empowerment for survivors of Gender-Based Violence.

This organization works in the context of the global education crisis for refugees, displaced children and those living in poverty.

A free global tool by SWGfL to prevent intimate images from being shared online by perpetrators of intimate image abuse.

Skills Category Finalists

An initiative of Webfala, this programme offers STEM education and digital literacy training, to empower beneficiaries to become creators and innovators, fostering a sense of agency in shaping their own futures.

This training programme is combined with a community education and awareness programme, targeting both men and women and covering a range of themes related to gender equality.

It is a unique place for women and career changers to learn and get support. It provides an opportunity for networking and getting career advice from experienced women developers.

Leadership in Tech Category Finalists

This initiative aims to address the gender disparity and contribute to bridging gender digital divide. It aims to provide digital skills training, empower women, cultivate leadership skills.

This initiative of World Humanitarian Support Foundation uses technology to bring girls to school and helps them participate in ICT programmes to control the digital divide.

The ‘G+T CENTER- CENTER FOR GENDER IN TECHNOLOGY’ was created with the aim of contributing to reducing the gender gap in technology.

Leadership in SME Category Finalists

The PLATAFORMA ABIERTA DE INNOVACIÓN Y DESARROLLO DE JALISCO has comprehensive programmes designed especially to strengthen women entrepreneurs in the process of formalizing and managing their businesses.

An initiative of StartupLab MX, this focuses on the digital transformation of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in rural areas of Mexico.

These initiatives of IMPACT CEE aid the displaced population and fosters economic resilience, particularly in the digital economy realm and by using the digital tools.

Research Category Finalists

An initiative of IPA, this project is a key priority of the government, and a testament to the growing national consensus on reducing the gender gap at all levels of the public sector labour force, including in leadership positions.

Through a ‘Learning Analytics’ project, the Secretariat of Education of Guanajuato (SEG), created an AI-based early alert system, the Early Action System for School Permanence (SATPE), aimed at improving school retention and graduation rates by identifying and then supporting at-risk students.

The Female Tech Ecosystem Mapping is a project that is carried out in several formats (interactive map, infographic) and intended to be produced in the form of a mobile application.

The 2023 EQUALS Special Recognition Partner Award finalists, selected by their fellow partners:

2023 EQUALS Special Recognition Partner Award

The 2023 EQUALS Special Recognition Partner Award finalists, selected by their fellow partners:

Code to Change is committed to achieving gender equality, decent work, and the economic empowerment of women and underrepresented groups through digital inclusion.

Women. Fast Forward is the EY global platform that engages people, clients and communities to advance gender equality.

Selection of Winners

The finalists for the 2023 awards were selected by the EQUALS in Tech Award Advisory Group through an established evaluation process. This group comprises of previous award winners, EQUALS coalition members and other experts. One winner will be selected in each category.

Awards Ceremony

The 2023 EQUALS in Tech Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on 12 December 2023, during Partner2Connect Annual Meeting at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

To register for the Awards ceremony visit:


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