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
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
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
Africa's rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. With aging populations and stagnating economic growth, developed economies are looking toward Africa as a source of skilled labour and, increasingly, innovation. Africa's ability to sustain its current growth will depend largely on how quickly it will be able to shift from reliance on traditional commodity markets to modern economic structures that focus on technology-driven development. The focus on innovation is emerging as a key theme in the Africa Union's long-term strategy, Agenda 2063. As a latecomer, Africa has the benefit of tapping into vast quantities of technological knowledge available worldwide. The continent's leapfrogging into the mobile revolution illustrated the power of latecomer advantages....
Digital technology has revolutionized the world as never before. Various transformations have taken place in the global arena. The contribution of women in technology has been significant over the years. With financial support of the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, UN-Habitat and UN Women have launched a new innovative Programme to advance women’s and youth’s rights to participate in reconstruction and recovery efforts in Gaza. The UN-Habitat-UN Women joint programme will take advantage of digital tools and video games such as MineCraft and SaftiPin to support engagement of communities in the design of their public spaces, linking simultaneously with selected female architects from Gaza trained on the use of digital technologies for the development of gender inclusive, s