WORKSHOP | Empower Tech Macau in Collaboration with EQUALS-EU: Bridging Women’s Role in Digital Inclusivity

The workshop is organised by UNU Macau, in partnership with EQUALS-EU, and is aimed at promoting gender equality and inclusivity in the digital age.

- Asia/Macau
UNU Macau, Casa Silva Mendes, Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo No.4, Macao SAR, China

Please register here. Recruitment Deadline: November 17, 2023, 18:00

Event Background

EQUALS-EU aims to promote gender equity in social innovation through capacity building and creating smart, sustainable and inclusive social innovation ecosystems. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020, and implemented as a part of the EQUALS Global Partnership, the consortium consists of 19 organizations from a wide variety of sectors in Europe and around the world. The United Nations University Institute in Macau (UNU Macau) is a founding partner of the EQUALS Global Partnership and a consortium member in EQUALS-EU since 2021. As part of our work with EQUALS-EU, in 2023, co-organised by UNU Macau, Chaihuo x.factory and Macao Environmental Protection General Association, a hackathon-styled "SDG Open Innovation Camp 2023" was run in Macao with youth from Mainland China and Macao SAR. The event was gender balanced and sought to promote gender equality in tech by encouraging mixed teams of young women and men to find solutions to address pressing sustainability challenges in Macau using technology and innovation. Continuing with the positive results achieved, UNU Macau will organize a workshop on 24 November 2023 in Macau SAR, promoting gender equality and inclusivity in the digital age by leveraging the knowledge and methodology-oriented outputs of EQUALS-EU, to align with Macau's economic diversification goals.


The workshop is organized by the UNU Macau and supported by Girls in Tech (Macao) Association, Youth Association of “The Women’s General Association of Macau”, and Macau Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility in Greater China (MICSRGC), aims to promote digital inclusivity in Macau. In our digital age, where data-driven solutions and technological advancements play pivotal roles, Macau finds itself uniquely positioned to address the global gender digital divide. Drawing from EQUALS-EU's emphasis on evidence, rights, participation, and access, the “EmpowerTech Macau in Collaboration with EQUALS-EU: Bridging Women’s Role in Digital Inclusivity" Workshop seeks to address the gender digital divide.

The workshop aims to emphasise the importance of informed decision-making, integrating the rich cultural heritage of Macau with the challenges and opportunities women face in the digital realm. By highlighting and leveraging the insights of EQUALS-EU, this workshop aspires not only to address current challenges but also to lay the groundwork for a future platform dedicated to women in technology in Macau SAR. In addition, we hope to inspire continued collaborations and craft a path forward that blends Macau's cultural nuances with the global vision of digital equality championed by EQUALS-EU.

The workshop is designed to help participants to:

1. Understand the methodologies, outcomes, and tools produced by EQUALS-EU and how they can be applied in the Macau context.

2. Delve into the complexities of culture, digital transformation, and the evolving role of women in Macau.

3. Recognize the potential areas of impact for Macau SAR, from enhanced digital inclusion to the possibilities of economic development.

4. Acknowledge the role of the corporate sector and other stakeholders in this conversation, understanding their influence and responsibilities.

5. Foster a collaborative environment for open dialogue, knowledge exchange, and future partnerships.

Recruitment Requirements* (Free Participation):

- Able to participate in the entire workshop (November 24, 15:00 - 18:00)

- Eager to promote gender inclusivity and equality in the digital age

- Residing in Macau

*The workshop will consider diversity in its recruitment. Successful applicants will be confirmed via email or mobile by Nov 20th.

Event Agenda

14:30 - 15:00 Welcoming participants 

15:00 - 15:10 Opening Introduction

15:10 – 15:40 Activity 1: Introduction to EQUALS-EU

Dive deep into the global vision and mission of EQUALS-EU, understanding its evidence-based approach to gender digital equality. Witness firsthand how UNU Macau's involvement since 2021 with EQUALS-EU has driven tangible change, highlighting notable projects like the SDG Open Innovation Camp 2023.


Dr. Jaimee Stuart

Dr. Jaimee Stuart - Senior Researcher and Team Lead at UNU Macau

Dr. Jaimee Stuart is a Cultural and Developmental Psychologist with an MSc and PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently a Senior Researcher- Team Lead at the United Nations University where her research focuses on the relationships between social-ecological systems (e.g., family, peers, community, and wider social systems) on health, wellbeing, and identity for young people and minorities. Her work highlights the importance of computer human interaction, investigating safety, security, and protection in digital contexts, digital and social media literacies, as well as digital activism and peacebuilding. Before joining UNU Macau Jaimee was Research and Evidence Lead at Griffith University, Australia she co-created solutions with the community to address place-based disadvantage. She has also worked as an academic in Schools of Psychology and Public Health across Universities in Australia and New Zealand as well as in government as a Senior Evaluator and the private sector as a trainer on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


15:40 – 16:20 Activity 2: Roundtable Discussion

Engage in thought-provoking conversations with leading women from diverse backgrounds, who will share their unique insights, challenges, and aspirations in the digital realm.

Open Floor questions



Ms. Camila Mungói

Ms. Camila Mungói, Master’s Student in Accounting at University of Macau

Full of passion, inspiration, dedication and an advocate for change, Camila Mungói is a young Mozambican woman, who has had the opportunity of coming to Macau to further her studies and is now pursuing her Master's in Accounting at the University of Macau.

She has joined the Macau Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility in Greater China (MICSRGC) and is eager to find solutions to overcome social issues such as gender inequity and lack of women empowerment.

Aware that knowledge opens many doors and breaks a lot of barriers, she is constantly investing on learning in order to contribute to helping young women in her country whom, due to lack of opportunities, did not get a chance to have education.

Because we now live in a digital world and technology is a rapidly growing industry with vast economic potential, Camila believes that the best way to train young women is to provide education equipped with technological skills in order to face the world’s new challenges through a fresh, updated, innovative and creative mindset.


Ms. Estrela Cheang

Ms. Estrela Cheang, Macau SAR Lawyer and Partner of Cheang, Sou & Cheong Law Firm

Commissioner of the 11th committee of Youth Federation of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region;

Vice-Chairman of the Macau Youth Law Society;

Arbitrator and Mediator;

Focus on litigation, especially family, administrative litigation and criminal litigation; also focus on the women's rights and alternative dispute resolution (ADR);

External legal counsel to various associations and private companies, including women's associations and social welfare organizations (especially for The Women’s General Association of Macau and Social Service Section of the Macau Methodist Church Kin Wa Family Service Center) and provision of legal advice.


Ms. Myra Tam

Ms. Myra Tam, Operation Manager of Chui Heong Pastelaria

Graduated from the Bachelor of Business (Marketing) of Queensland University of Technology in Australia. In 2019, participated in the "Macao Young Talents Shanghai Seniors Practice Program" hosted by the Macao Foundation, where she became interested in intangible cultural heritage and began to take over the family business - Chui Heong Pastelaria.  During the pandemic, an online sales channel was opened for the Chui Heong Pastelaria, and a new step in technological development was achieved in the traditional old shop.


Ms. Ruby O

Ms. Ruby O, FCIEH MBA, Chairperson of Society of Food & Environmental Health

Over 15 years of experiences in leadership roles in complex organizations, facilitating change management tailored to regional contexts and bringing in a range of different perspectives to an organization, she created numbers of sustainability and food safety pioneer-projects and breakthrough achievements for the sectors and Macao.  An industrial leading professional who regularly shares best practices and experiences in international seminars and conferences including food sustainability, gender equality and SDGs topics. 

Fellowship awarded by the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health, UK to formally recognize and confirm on the distinct and significant contribution in the fields of food safety and environment health. 


Ms. Yeung Ching

Dr. Yang Jing, Organizing Committee of the 10th International Affairs’ Training Program of Youth Association of The Women’s General Association of Macau

Yang Jing, Master of Information Science from Dalhousie University, PhD in Urban Planning from Wuhan University, Visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Canada. Vice Chairman(Vice president)of the Macau Urban Planning Institute, Consultant of the Strategic Research Committee of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Macau, and the first (batch)expert member of the Planning and Design Committee of the Zhuhai Urban Renewal Association. Her research interests include smart cities, data governance and urban renewal. Participated in Wuhan University project "Research on Urban Planning and Layout in China under Smart Cities" (2011), Macao Science and Technology Development Foundation research project and related enterprise research projects such as: "Macau Smart City Development Direction and Strategy Study" (2017), "Study on Marine Environment and Pollutant Emission Control Strategy for Two Bays and One District" (2018), "Macau Smart City Development Direction and Strategy Study" Public Consultation and text compilation (2018), "Macau Smart City Construction Project Review and Evaluation" (2019), "Research on the Application of Smart Street Lights in Macao" (2020,2021) and served as the judge for several Macau Smart City Youth Program competitions.


16:40 - 17:20 Activity 3: Collaborative Workshop

This hands-on session invites participants to discuss the nuanced challenges women face in Macau SAR's digital landscape. Drawing inspiration from the strategies and recommendations of EQUALS-EU, brainstorm actionable solutions tailored for Macau's unique cultural and digital context. The insights will shape the roadmap for future endeavours in Macau, ensuring that the region remains at the forefront of gender digital equality.

Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Min Yang

Dr. Min Yang, Researcher of UNU Macau

Min Yang is a researcher at the United Nations University in Macau who is passionate about building a sustainable and peaceful future for all through knowledge generating and sharing.

Before joining the United Nations University in Macau, she worked for the Social and Human Sciences Sector in UNESCO where she focused on advancing the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, with special contributions to the SDG 5, SDG 10, SDG 11 and SDG 16. Min undertook a series of programmes at global and regional levels for empowering young women and men, enhancing social inclusion centered on gender, as well as promoting peace education and peacebuilding. In addition, she also worked on specific areas of ethical reflection and capacity building, including AI ethics and climate change ethics. Min has experience of working in different media organizations as a journalist and editor. She was awarded the Global Governance Futures 2030 fellowship over the course of 2018 and 2019, and the German-China media ambassador in 2015. As a freelance writer for the Goethe-Institut China, she published articles on the humanities and environmental protection. Min holds a bachelor of information management and information system, a master of journalism and communication, and a PhD of communication studies.


17:30 - 18:00 Networking


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