The Girls in ICT Global Dialogue will mark this year’s celebration of Girls in ICT Day. It will take place in the framework of the WSIS Forum 2022, as part of Gender Mainstreaming track in which the forum promotes and maintains gender equality and women empowerment, guaranteeing the inclusion of women in STEM/ICT.
Panellists for the Global Dialogue include inspiring young role models who will share their experiences and testimonies on access and safety in STEM/ICT, alongside active stakeholders sharing their perspectives, as well as their best practices on access and safety. This dialogue will also highlight the importance of multisectoral engagement and call for action in empowering women through technology.
The discussions will focus on 4 main topics:
- Equal Access: Unequal access to the internet and technology means that individuals are not able to benefit from digital technologies and its diverse opportunities. Most survey respondents said that the first thing that they would do when they want to learn something new or find out latest information is to search on the internet. How can unequal access affect girls in STEM/ICT and what can we do to change this worldwide?
- Accessibility: People with disabilities may encounter additional difficulties regarding access to online resources. STEM subjects use lots of diagrams and formulas in their instruction and, for example, in the case of someone visually impaired this adds an additional level of difficulty for women interested in STEM. How can we make our programmes and STEM/ICT related studies and workplaces more accessible and inclusive?
- Gender stereotypes and workplace environments: Gender stereotypes and societal roles prove to be a significant barrier to education in STEM/ICT. These stereotypes proliferate a sense to a woman that they are incapable and not supposed to be in this place. Male-dominated workplaces and ‘bro’ culture can create a toxic workplace environment and has been identified by respondents as one of the primary barriers to STEM/ICT careers. What type of gender stereotypes and toxic workplaces have they experienced? How can we change these environments for the better? What is the role of an encouraging workplace?
- Safety Online: Online Safety is a key component to girls and young women’s lives today. If girls and young women do not feel safe online or have had unpleasant experiences in the digital environment, they are likely to not feel confident in engaging in future STEM education and careers.
Please register here for the event.