UN Women and Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s instrument for innovation and development of enterprises, are partnering to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative technology solutions. UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec, and Innovation Norway’s CEO, Anita Krohn Traaset, signed the first Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations today at a high-level event in Trondheim, Norway, where the guests of honour included the Crown princess Mette Marit and Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende. Continue reading “UN Women and Innovation Norway sign momentous partnership agreement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment”
I recently traveled to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, and was surprised to find blockchain on the minds of many of the leaders convened there. Even those who were not particularly knowledgeable about blockchain were aware that they should know about it. I participated in three events, including a panel at the Swedish Lunch, where I spoke about reimagining our global identity infrastructure, in front of a well-informed audience. Continue reading “The UN Needs Blockchain to Achieve Its Goals”
When Ileana Crudu, 19, got a scholarship at Maastricht University in the Netherlands to study Knowledge Engineering, out of 73 students in her programme, only seven were women and she was the only one who knew coding.
“Women are not seen as logical. They are seen as emotional and irrational, and that they would crack under pressure. I want to change that. I want to prove that women can code,” says Crudu. Continue reading “Women breaking barriers and optimizing opportunities in a digital world”
Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. Continue reading “Empowering women farmers of Rwanda through mobile technology”
This is an excerpt from the book, The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change , which profiles women from over 30 countries.
One of the most exciting innovations in recent history has been the emergence of distributed computing systems, and in particular, digital currencies and the underlying technology known as the blockchain. Since it launched in 2009, Bitcoin, the first and most prominent blockchain-based digital currency, has demonstrated the viability of using the blockchain — a globally shared transaction history along with a set of rules that allows for anyone to add new, valid transactions — in order to manage asset transfers in a secure and transparent way. Continue reading “Women Leading the World of Blockchain”