The theme selected by the United Nations for International Women’s Day 2023, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” aimed to explore the advancement of technology and how this has the potential for innovations that meet women and girl’s needs and promote gender equality.
In the framework of the International Gender Champions Initiative (IGC), Ambassador Raphael Nägeli, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, hosted an event at the Swiss Residence in Vienna. At the event the Gender Champions of the Vienna hub highlighted the achievements made by the network in 2022. In the ensuing panel discussion, the Champions and national expert from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs spoke about challenges and best practices in the context of innovation and technology for gender equality. The panel also deliberated innovative ways to make the digital world safer, more inclusive and more equitable.
On the importance of promoting gender equality, Ambassador Raphael Nägeli of Switzerland who joined the IGC Vienna-Hub in 2023, stressed that “the equal inclusion of skills, experiences and needs of people of all genders makes our work more effective, our society more just and our world more sustainable.” He emphasized “bringing all genders into technology increases the potential for innovations that meet the needs of the whole society”.