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Women and technology a focus on International Women’s Day

Women in tech is one focus for the 2023 International Women’s Day on March 8. A persistent gender gap in digital access keeps women from unlocking technology’s full potential, UN Women says. 

“Their underrepresentation in STEM education and careers remains a major barrier to their participation in tech design and governance. And the pervasive threat of online gender-based violence—coupled with a lack of legal recourse—too often forces them out of the digital spaces they do occupy.”  

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“Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” is the theme for a meeting with United Nations’ commission on the statutes for women on March 6-17. And the focus is for sure needed as data shows it is a long way to go for better gender balance:

  • Women make up only 22% of artificial intelligence workers globally. 
  • A global analysis of 133 AI systems across industries found that 44.2% demonstrate gender bias.
  • The progress towards global gender parity is stalling and the risk of reversal is intensifying, the Word Economic Forum Global Gender Gap 2022 report shows.
  • A survey of women journalists from 125 countries found that 73 per cent had suffered online violence in the course of their work.
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The International Women’s Day campaign theme this year is #EmbraceEquity – while the United Nations’ theme is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’. 

Data from Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows only six out of 200 parliaments around the world have gender balance or more women in their parliaments: 

  • Rwanda, Cuba, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Mexico and United Arab Emirates. 
  • None of the G7 most powerful nations are in the top 30 gender balance rating. Best is France as number 36 with 37.3% women. 
  • Best European country is Island as number 7 with 47.6% women in the parliament.
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