Our colleague Tania Marcos, Head of Quality and Smart Cities at the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has been recognised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for her outstanding contribution to standardisation work in the ITU Study Group SG20 "Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities".
Tania received this recognition during the "Why Gender Matters in Setting Standards" discussion, which took place yesterday on International Women's Day at the ITU Women in Standardization Expert Group (WISE) event.
At this event, the ITU recognised the important role played by companies and professionals with regards to gender equality and women's empowerment in terms of impact, continuity and leadership. Tania is one of three women from all over the world who have been recognised by the ITU, the others being from China and Tunisia.
Tania has held diffierent positions in the ITU SG20 Study Group since 2015 and has served as the group's vice-chair. Tania is also vice-chair of the United Nations U4SSC United by Smart and Sustainable Cities initiative.
It is vital for women with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) profiles to be involved in standardisaion to make sure standards are inclusive and to help close the gender gap in society.
The ITU honoured Tania at the 2020 World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly, which is being held from 1 to 9 March 2022 at the ITU headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).