2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards winners announced at IGF in Berlin

The 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards winners are standing in a group, smiling.
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The winners of the 2019 EQUALS in Tech Awards were announced on 27 November 2019 at an awards ceremony hosted by the EQUALS Global Partnership during the annual Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

The EQUALS in Tech Awards celebrate successful innovative solutions aimed at closing the digital gender gap across five categories: access, skills, tech leadership, SME leadership, and research. Over 200 organizations submitted entries, and the winning initiatives were chosen from a pool of 15 outstanding finalists from 12 countries.

“The EQUALS in Tech Awards have become an annual tradition and a key moment to recognize women in tech initiatives worldwide,” said Joyce Dogniez, EQUALS Steering Committee Chair and VP, Community Engagement & Development with the Internet Society (ISOC). “This year, at the Internet Governance Forum, we’re celebrating five winners who are doing inspiring work to advance gender equality in their communities.”

The winners were as follows: 

  • Access: Dinarak Mobile Money Female Agent, a Jordanian start-up that provides women with access to mobile banking services via a network of female agents.
  • Skills: Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), an NGO working to enable women and girls to become professionals and entrepreneurs in the Nigerian tech sector.
  • Tech Leadership: SheWorks!, a US company focuses on social impact, tackling female unemployment by helping women access online training and find flexible, remote jobs.
  • SME Leadership: Kumasi Hive, a multi-space innovation hub that provides a platform for rapid prototyping of ideas and supporting local innovations, based in Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Research: the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media for its report Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media.

The EQUALS in Tech finalists and winners were selected by an advisory board comprising the EQUALS Steering Committee, former award winners, and the leaders of the partnership’s four Coalitions — Access, Leadership, Skills and the EQUALS Research Group. The 2019 Awards were supported by the Internet Society, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications, the Government of Germany, and Inmarsat.