Digitalization from a gender perspective
Did you know that more than half of the users of both technology and websites are women? That according to studies, their choices impact up to 85% of purchasing decisions in countres like the United States and account for $4.3 trillion of the $5.9 trillion of consumer expenditures? Did you know that if they had a wider participation in ICT sectors in Europe, they could raise European GDP by $9 billion EUR per year?
But more than 200 million women around the world lack access to the internet because of social and cultural stereotypes; more than 1.7 billion do not own a mobile phone, even when 80% of the population in developng countries have one; and only 13% of ICT workers are women and out of that percentage, only 10% occupy managerial positions within the sector.
There is nothing gender neutral about the impact of digitalization in the Future World of Work. From flexible working hours, to life-long learning and digital-skill training, to the technology gap and labor segregation; digitalization will have a significant, and most times, overlooked, impact on women.
For this reason, the UNI Equal Opportunities Deparment has began to work in raising awareness on the impact of digitalization and technology on women with the publication of it's document "Digitalization from a gender perspective".
With this document UNI EOD is looking to start a conversation around the issue of digitalization and women from its causes to its impact, in order to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.