By Waiswa Wafula
United Nations Women and Nokia have partnered to launch four pilot projects to boost the inclusion and diversity for gender equality.
They aim to address areas such as increasing the number of women employees, raising awareness on cervical cancer and uterine fibroids, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and empowering gender-based violence victims.
The partnership follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently by Nokia and UN Women, and Nokia’s signatory to the Women Empowerment Principles (WEP’s), a set of principles guiding on how to promote gender equality and women empowerment. It also builds on the ongoing collaboration between Nokia and UNICEF aimed at increasing the access to digital literacy particularly for girls and children with disabilities in Kenya.
Nicole Arian Markazi, Head of UN Women Program Lead at Nokia said, “We, at Nokia, are committed to inclusion and diversity to drive equal opportunity. By collaborating with UN Women in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, we strengthen this commitment. We strongly believe that equality will unleash the full potential of young girls and women to become innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders for a better world.”
In the four pilot projects, Nokia will handle the implementation of the WEP’s while UN will involve Nokia in its outreach initiatives to promote inclusion and diversity in the society. The four pilot projects include:
“When women prosper, societies and economies grow with them. Starting with these pilots, our collaboration with Nokia is designed to create and celebrate a more just and inclusive environment so that more and more women will emerge as global agents of change.” Said Anita Bhatia, UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.
After the successful execution of the pilots, the two organizations plan to roll these projects out in more countries across the Middle East and Africa region.
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