Although science and gender equality are essential for sustainable development, less than 30 percent of scientific researchers in the world are women, according to UNESCO data. This critical role that women have in science and technology has gradually been noted and there are more women present in the organizations that make up the Internet.
The participation of women and girls in these fields is key to reducing poverty and contributing to economic growth and development. Since this increases production, access to formal employment, and entrepreneurship. Despite its many benefits, globally only 6% of CEOs in tech industries are women.
How do involve more women in Technology?
The motivation to dedicate oneself to scientific or research areas requires the support of parents and teachers. Teachers should also support curiosity and critical thinking through different learning activities that allow girls to develop the ability to observe, analyze, compare information and take notes. As for parents, it is very important that they respect the questions they have as children.
Another key element in empowering young women is representation. This is why giving visibility to women who have broken barriers is extremely necessary. Giving professionals a platform through interviews or videos and consuming these materials can make a substantial difference. A great example is “Women of the DNS” published by LACTLD in which different professionals share their experiences.
A future with more women in science and technology
To imagine a future with equal conditions and participation of girls and women, it is necessary to change the belief system (stereotypes, prejudices, and gender norms) of all the people who make up our environments. It is also in this public space where actions are essential to increase the representation of women in decision-making positions, to transform educational and media content to increase the presence of women.
In short, to eliminate the disadvantages of participation that girls and women experience today, it is necessary to urge governments, industry, and the academic world to develop strategies to build environments of equality.
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