20,000 Signatures to Close the Gender Tech Gap Delivered to the UN

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March 18, 2015: Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women broke through their goal of 20,000 signatures just in time to deliver their IGNITE petition! They presented 20,573 signatures to end the global gender technology gap at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Friday. Global Fund for Women President and CEO Musimbi Kanyoro delivered the petition to two powerful UN decision makers: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, and Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the UN agency dedicated to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

“We are very committed to closing the gender technology gap,” said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, who will now share her recommendation to act on the petition’s call with Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU. “There is still a lot to do and this petition is a great step toward action.”

Women and men from 182 countries joined Global Fund for Women to call on world leaders to demand equal access to and control of technology for women and girls as the new Strategic Development Goals are set. They state they are pleased to speak out and represent their voices at the UN during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The power of 20,573 people cannot be underestimated. Global Fund for Women hope it will translate into clear steps to dismantle the global gender technology gap.

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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