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From the earliest days of computing to the present age of virtual reality and artificial intelligence…
…women have made untold contributions to the digital world in which we increasingly live.
Their accomplishments have been made against all odds, in a historically unwelcoming field.
Today, a persistent gender gap in digital access keeps women from unlocking technology’s full potential.
Underrepresentation in STEM education and careers remains a major barrier to their participation in tech design and governance.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020, women are still underrepresented in the technology sector.
They make up only 17% of the core technology workforce.
And the pervasive threat of online gender-based violence forces them out of the digital spaces they occupy.
A survey of women journalists from 125 countries found that 73% had suffered online violence in the course of their work.
Exclusion extends in more subtle forms as well:
Women make up only 22% of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) workforce.
And a global analysis of 133 AI systems across industries found that 44.2 per cent demonstrate gender bias.
However, there is some progress being made.
Women’s participation in the technology sector has increased by 10% since 2014.
According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology…
…the number of women in executive positions in the technology sector has increased from 11% in 2012 to 20% in 2019.
There is still a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equality in the technology sector.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
It is a call to action to continue to strive for progress.
This year, let’s celebrate our International Women’s Day theme: “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”.
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