Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology
+globalfundforwomen CEO, Dr Musimbi Kanyoro, explains the online multimedia project IGNITE: Women Fuelling Science and Technology.
Dr Kanyoro notes that by the end of 2013, "only 40% of the world’s population has access to the Internet.... with an estimated 200 million fewer women than men online in 2014."
This gender gap could grow by 350 million within three years if left unchecked.
Dr Kanyoro argues that the gender gap in technology matters because it lessen's women's access and participation in education and public life. Her organisation is working to change the idea that women are only “consumers” of tech. Women are also creators and innovators: "By limiting the participation of women and girls in science and technology, we too often limit ourselves to only half of the world’s ideas. Bringing women online and embracing their leadership and ideas will not only help bring gender parity, it will have a global economic impact. Recent studies have estimated that 600 million additional women and girls online could boost GDP by up to USD $18 million."
IGNITE is running the #BeTheSpark
campaign for tech women and girls to share their stories. They also have profiles on historical and contemporary women in STEM. Teachers and others can access an online toolkit to promote women in tech. http://buff.ly/1xvVY3W
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