Women

Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet user gender gap widens to 12% in 2016

Internet, Women
Despite worldwide endeavours, the global Internet user gender gap widened from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, with the gap highest in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (31%) and Africa (23%). Moreover, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions of the world. This is according to a report from The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO. The report also sets recommendations to address the barriers women face in access and use of the internet. The report highlights key action areas for different types of stakeholders as part of the group's efforts to ensure that all women and girls can fully participate in the online world. Structural inequalities remain and impede women’s

Kenyan Startup Invests in empowering Women & Girls through training in STEM

Startups, Women
Technological gaps will keep on growing between developed and developing countries as long as new approaches are not adopted in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in  training institutions. In line with this, the  Miss.Africa Program initiative sets the bar high by training female trainees in mobile coding program to better their future in the male dominated IT sector. The trainees are able to get life skills mentoring, experience-sharing with STEM experts, Coding skills, and industry exposure. The girls trained usually have many positive comments at the end of each event on the change of perception in Stem careers. This initiative which emphasizes on the importance of technology in enhancing collaboration in future is among the many voices find
Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Technology, Women
The presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men, according to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST). According to Patricia Ann Hughes, vice president of human resources at KAUST, Google has only 17 percent of women in tech jobs, Facebook has 15 percent and Twitter has 10 percent. The digital engagement of Saudis is among the highest in the world, making the Kingdom fertile ground for economic growth via digitalization, said Khaled Biyari, group CEO at the Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), in his keynote speech at the summit. “This region is in an advanced stage compared with other regions of the world in terms of readiness to take up digitalization, both at a governmental a
Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Technology, Women
Technology, gender diversity benefits businesses in several ways, including better financial performance and superior team dynamics and productivity in gender-balanced companies. when it comes to gender equality in the technology world, nations haven’t come very far. Having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress. Studies report that gender-diverse technology organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule and under budget and demonstrate improved employee performance. According to tech Crunch, Women in tech face some tough odds. A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission survey of some of the top US tech companies found that on average, just 18 percent hold leadership positions, an
UN Women supports digital literacy clubs in Kenya

UN Women supports digital literacy clubs in Kenya

Technology, Women
The Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender or geography — can participate equally. A truly open Web should unlock educational, economic, and civic opportunity for everyone, everywhere. In relation to this, the UN Women is pleased to announce their support for 20 digital literacy clubs for women and girls in Kenya and South Africa in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation. The clubs create a safe space for them to learn in an environment free from gender bias. Also, driving our work is a troubling statistic: While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. In beginning to change these numbers for the better, we ca