MAKING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR WOMEN
Gender Equality and the advancement of women. everywhere.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women has a universal mandate to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the advancement of women and girls everywhere. The main roles of UN Women are:
To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
To lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
empowering women socially, economically and politically.
UN Women’s mission is to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment across political, social and economic areas of life. UN Women achieves its mission by focusing on four thematic areas: women’s political empowerment; women’s economic empowerment; ending violence against women; and women engagement in peace, security and humanitarian action.
These areas are closely linked and mutually supportive. For example, increasing women’s economic empowerment through better education and job opportunities reduces their vulnerability to violence, increases their resilience to political, climate and economic shocks, improves health, education and nutrition outcomes for their families and communities, and increases economic advancement of their countries.
The Global Innovation Coalition for Change
As part of UN Women’s strategic plan UN Women created a Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). The GICC is a dynamic partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions who collectively wish to improve women access, participation and ability to innovate. Innovation and technologies seldom benefit women and men equally. This gender gap constrains efforts to achieve gender equity and women’s empowerment, and prevents innovation and technologies from reaching 100% of their addressable market.
As part of its work, UN Women and the GICC have developed the Gender Innovation Principles, which offer practical guidance to all industry sectors. The aim of the gender innovation principles is to set the standard for a gender responsive approach to innovation to ensure that future innovations meet the needs of women and girls.
Adopting a gender responsive approach to innovation means going beyond acknowledging the need for gender equality in innovation and acting throughout the innovation cycle to ensure women play a key role at every phase.