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Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Meet the 2022 #EQUALSinTech Access Award Finalists

The EQUALS Global Partnership recently announced the finalists for the 2022 EQUALS in Tech Awards. The 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. Winners will be announced on December 8, 2022.

Want to know more about the potential winners? Here’s a snapshot of the three finalists in the Access category.

App Morada (Mexico)

App Morada is a mobile application that offers resources to help prevent violence against women and to help women who experience violence, especially those with disabilities. The app was born from a study done by the Center for Rights, Childhood and Parenting (CIDIP), a Mexican civil association founded by several female human rights activists. The study unveils the prevalence of violence experienced by women in Mexico and the lack of social support for people experiencing gender-based violence, especially those with disabilities. Therefore, CIDIP designed this app to help women cope with violent situations.

To strengthen the effectiveness of the app, CIDIP also trained health workers, midwives, and workers who assist people with disabilities free of charge on gender-based violence and disability.

An initiative of ADK Woman, Proyecto Digitalización is a digital platform that offers a range of educational services to help women, especially those in vulnerable situations acquire financial independence. The scalable platform provides education, training, and work opportunities for women from all walks of life.

For female entrepreneurs, professionals and women with stable jobs, the platform provides them with online education, tools, strategies and implementation processes to help them better integrate technology into their businesses and increase their income. For women who are committed to education, the platform provides them with digital training to prepare them for a career in online education. For women who are the head of the family, the platform helps them turn their skills, knowledge and experience into real businesses while enabling them to raise children and work from home as needed. For female leaders who are committed to helping other women and sparking community change, the platform provides them with tools and training to help them make a bigger social impact.

VCEELA (Pakistan)

Vceela, founded in 2015 by Akeel Khalid, is a social enterprise that strives to empower artists and artisans. Vceela aims to connect the unconnected artisans, especially those from small cities and rural areas, to the local and international markets by not only providing them with a marketplace but also effectively marketing them. Vceela connects the artisans directly with the market, cutting out the middlemen, hence helping the artisans to extract the actual profits out of their products which they truly deserve. Vceela works for the revival of dying crafts by fusing them with modern and marketable designs and by giving design consultation to the artisans.

Vceela highlights the stories of the artisans and how every purchase impacts the lives of these artisans and their families. Customers can talk to the artisans directly to learn about them and their craft, thereby, establishing a human connection behind every product.

Congratulations to all the 2022 finalists! On behalf of the EQUALS Global Partnership, we thank you for your work to bridge the gender digital divide and build a bright connected future for everyone!

Awards Ceremony

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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