UNICC is committed to bring gender parity, diversity and inclusiveness into the digital business field. Ending discrimination is crucial to an equitable, sustainable future and it is an accelerator towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICC has made gender, diversity and inclusiveness central to its mission in serving its Clients and Partner Organizations. UNICC strives in its Application Development services to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that provide a shared standard for web content accessibility for individuals, organizations and governments, including accessibility for people with disabilities.

The organization is focusing internally on increasing its gender and diversity rates. UNICC, as an equal opportunity employer, seeks out individuals across race, gender, nationality, age and sexual orientation. As an organization reliant on the unique competencies of its personnel, UNICC encourages youth across the globe to join the UN family.

UNICC also champions gender, diversity and inclusiveness in its outreach and advocacy, through strategic partnerships and alliances with a growing number of organizations and collaborative activities worldwide.

Going into a tech career, focus on exploration, focus on learning. We women tend to be choosy, we draw limits for ourselves. Don’t be choosy and be like a sponge, enhance your skills.

Anusha Dandapani

Chief, Data and Analytics, UNICC

Some amount of curiosity and pursuing different paths to see what fits over time; that’s probably some advice that would have helped me when I was a bit younger for a career in tech.

Emily Bennett

Business Relationship Manager, UNICC

Girls, don’t rule out a career in IT because you think it’s only for a specific group of people where you don’t belong. You don’t need to be a specialist, you can be in tech and science being a person whose greatest concern and passion is people.

Esther Ferrer

Business Relationship Manager, UNICC

My main career advice for girls and young women in tech is to never give up, even when you feel something is impossible to achieve. You must repeat to yourself, “I can do it.” This is what I did in the past, and what I still do.

Ilaria Aiello

Training Assistant, UNICC

There are so many inspiring women out there that have broken barriers and said “I can do this.” Sometimes it’s not easy to be a women in tech, but you can do it. Every environment is a women’s environment.

Lilly Hedges

Head, Service Desk, UNICC

The lesson I have learned during my career is that your opinion is always, always valid. And the first person who needs to understand that is yourself. Many times, I let my opinion go because I was afraid to say something that I thought would be dumb or not completely correct, and eventually I realied that I was right.

Lorena Henriquez

E-Learning and Graphic Designer, UNICC

What I would say to all the girls is always go for the maximum. We, the women that are already working in tech, should create and foster a safe community for the young people that are joining. I take that as a tip for myself as well.

Nuria Reques Waterink

Business Relationship Manager, UNICC

Speak your mind. Be confident, be persistent, be honest. Make mistakes to move forward. Even in adverse situations where you feel you are left out, just take it easy, keep going, believe in yourself and be truthful to yourself.

Tima Soni

Chief, Cybersecurity Division, UNICC

Strategic Partners
Credit: ITU and UNICC

Girls and Women Talking Tech interview series. In support of International Girls in ICT Day and the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, ITU, UNICC and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy of Youth present Girls & Women Talking Tech, an inter-generational interview series sharing women’s insights on how to build successful careers in tech. See EQUALS YouTube site and read more here.

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Women in Tech Internships. UNICC hosts internships to help young women experience tech. Students have come from Polytechnic University of Valencia, New York University, Columbia University, City University of New York and other European academic institutions. UNICC has an ongoing “Winternship” program with Break Through Tech in New York. Read about 201920202021 and 2022 Winternships.

2022 ICT for Girls Day event at New York.
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International Girls and Women in ICT Events. UNICC has worked on women in tech initiatives in New York and in Geneva. Strategic partners or contributors include ITU, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, Barclays Financial, Build n Blaze, Microsoft, New York City Mayor’s Office on International Affairs, Facebook, Google and others, to bring thought leaders together with young women and disadvantaged students. Read about 20182019, and 2022 events.

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Women in Data Science. The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. In the last years, UNICC has taken part in WiDS initiatives in Valencia, together with the Polytechnic University of Valencia and other organizations. WiDS includes a global conference with 150+ regional events worldwide. Read more here.