UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Alia El-Yassir, and Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder, President and CEO of Women in Tech, signed a memorandum of understanding between the 2 entities to advance women and girls in ICT. Photo: Courtesy of Women in Tech.
Paris, 23 May 2023 – UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and non-profit organization Women in Tech signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation and promote joint initiatives to empower women and girls in ICT across Europe and Central Asia.

UN Women and Women in Tech will cooperate to increase awareness on issues of women and girls in technologies in the Europe and Central Asian Region; build capacity of women and girls in ICT-related fields; mobilize support for women and girls in technologies, and advocate with governments, private sector, development partners and other stakeholders for creating enabling legislative and policy frameworks for increased engagement of women and girls in technologies in the region.

Speaking at the ceremony, UN Women ECA Regional Director, Alia El-Yassir, said: “We are pleased to join forces with one of the largest global communities of women in technology so that we can work together to boost the engagement of women and girls in this fastest growing sector of the economy. Innovation and technological change for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is at the top of UN Women’s agenda and we are sure that this partnership with Women in Tech will make a significant contribution to our efforts.”

Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder, President and CEO of Women in Tech said: “It is time to co-write the next chapter in women’s empowerment, and the future is plural, based in co-creation and unity. This partnership will be the decisive factor, enabling the boost needed to accelerate progress.”

Signed in Paris, on the sidelines of the Women in Tech Global Summit, the MoU is expected to contribute to women’s economic empowerment underlined as one of four thematic areas in UN Women’s 2022-2025 Strategy Paper, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

About Women in Tech

Women in Tech is an international non-profit organization on a mission to close the gender gap and to help women embrace technology. The organization focuses on 4 primary areas that are a call for action: Education, Business, Social Inclusion, Advocacy. The aim is to educate, equip and empower women and girls with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in STEM career fields.