EQUALS-EU partners gathered at the General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 March 2023 in parallel to the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS Forum 2023.
The General Assembly was an occasion for the partners to exchange the progress in their project activities and discuss on the next steps for the final year of the project. Main highlights were the recently published Policy Brief, the work in progress for the Lexicon of Gender Equality Words, ongoing mentoring programme for the winners of hackathons and innovation camps, preparations for the 3-week summer school that will take place in June 2023 and the refreshed project website with new content on project outcomes.
A day before the General Assembly, EQUALS-EU partners were welcomed at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva by the EQUALS Global Partnership to discuss the collaboration and synergies between the EU and Global Partnerships. Following that, a meeting on the summer school preparations were held with the organizing partners of the summer school programme which will take place from the 12th to 30th of June 2023, during three consecutive weeks in Riga, Geneva, and Valencia.
Finally on 17 March morning, the EQUALS-EU project had a side event during the WSIS Forum 2023 where the project partners presented their results with focus on the Policy Brief, Lexicon of Gender Equality Words, and Innovation Camps/Hackathons.
During the interactive discussion at the end of the session, the main highlight was the importance of getting young girls and mothers involved in STEM fields and the ways to address the related challenges:
- We need to change in the way we think, and we communicate.
- It’s important to use an inclusive and encouraging language emphasizing that “all ideas matter”.
- It will be helpful to integrate the digital skills education at an early age and making it a part of the school curriculums, just like math, science, and literature.
EQUALS-EU partners were also actively involved in the high-level sessions of the WSIS Forum 2023 on bridging the digital divide.