2020 Equals in Tech Award winners Emerge

Five winners  were announced by the EQUALS Global Partnership in a virtual ceremony on 6 November 2020 for their innovative work promoting gender equality in internet access, digital skills and tech leadership.

Chosen from a field of over 340 nominations from all over the world, the 2020 EQUALS in Tech Award winners demonstrate the dedication, optimism and creativity needed to close the digital gender divide. The winners were selected by an expert panel of EQUALS Global Partnership representatives as well as former award winners.

Winners were announced in each of five categories—Access, Skills, Leadership in Tech, Leadership in SME, and Research—at an online ceremony taking place as part of the programme of activities surrounding the annual Internet Governance Forum.


ACCESS: The Access Category recognizes individuals and initiatives working to improve women’s and girls’ digital technology access, connectivity and security. EQUALS co-founding partner GSMA presented the 2020 EQUALS in Tech Award in the Access Category to App Laudelina.

App Laudelina is a mobile app that offers Brazilian domestic workers online access to information that improves work conditions and financial management. For example, users can access labor rights in various languages, a benefits calculator, a list of protection agencies and a peer social network. The app also allows reporting of accidents, harassment or other problems to improve safety.

Putting access into action, App Laudelina demonstrates the power and potential of connectivity for all.

SKILLS: The Skills Category recognizes individuals and initiatives supporting development of science, technology, engineering and math skills of women and girls so that they can participate fully in an increasingly digital world. EQUALS co-founding partner ITU presented the 2020 EQUALS in Tech Award in the Skills Category to Sisters of Code….

The EQUALS Global Partnership is made up of more than 100 members from international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and academia, all committed to working together to achieve gender equality in digital access, digital skills and leadership opportunities in the tech sector. Find out more at