The EQUALS Access Coalition aims to respond to the challenges identified above and to build on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide report's recommendations for action: bridging the gender gap in internet and broadband access and use. The Access Coalition will:
- Facilitate the sharing of information and experience on how to increase women’s access to and use of the internet
- Identify high-impact initiatives or actions to be undertaken by Coalition members
- Identify countries where there can be coordinated action by Coalition members to increase access to, and use of the internet for women
- Advocate on this issue at key forums to increase awareness, prioritization and action (such as the W20)
Organizations and individuals can nominate their own initiatives or those of others for an award in one of the following categories:
Access: Initiatives related to improving women’s and girls’ digital technology access, connectivity and security
Skills: Initiatives that support development of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of women and girls
Leadership (In two subcategories):
Initiatives focused on promoting women in decision-making roles within the ICT field
Initiatives promoted by tech sector companies to bridge the digital gender divide
Research: Initiatives prioritizing research on gender digital divides and producing reliable evidence to tackle diversity issues within STEM and computing fields.
Winners will be flown from around the globe to attend and receive their awards, to share their inspiring stories, and to build their professional networks with other winners and attending EQUALS partners. The awards demonstrate just how impactful ICTs can be for women and girls to improve their personal and professional lives.