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Partnering with the International Telecommunication Union to Close the Gender Digital Divide
October 5, 2020

Media Note
Office Of The Spokesperson
October 5, 2020

The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER) initiative is partnering with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to close the gender digital divide by 2030.  The ITU’s Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, or “EQUALS,” will help address the urgent need to ensure women have equal opportunities in the digital economy through cooperation around the world.

The partnership will transform women’s digital economic empowerment through advocacy, skills development, and the promotion of career advancement by working with the private sector to boost leadership opportunities and entrepreneurship activities for women in the information and communications technology industry.

For further information about POWER, please visit:  https://www.state.gov/womens-economic-empowerment.  The POWER initiative supports the goals of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.  For more information about W-GDP, please visit:  wgdp.gov.  To learn more about ITU’s EQUALS, please visit:  https://www.equals.org/.  For updates from the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, follow @EconAtState on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.