STEM is only for men and it is too techie! Now, this is not a cliché USAID research states that there are fewer women in Leadership roles in their career, predominantly in the world of Technology and more so in the developing world. There is this general acceptance that female is for certain jobs and men are cut out for some jobs.
It is also widely known that within the technology/digital industry the ratio of men to women is 5:1, so this calls out a gender gap and the fact that the tech world is very much still a boy’s club in so many ways mainly in the leadership roles, startups, and programming. For creativity and innovation to thrive we need a balanced view involving both genders, therefore it is imperative that the workplace is more inclusive by making diversity their agenda.
Organisations tend to benefit with these pool of untapped resources available to them for the growth of their business which will, in turn, increase the overall economic GDP.
The WEF in partnership has set agenda to close the gender gap in partnership with various key stakeholders.
Ways to make IT more attractive to female
- Organisations to create job opportunity
- Incentive such as improving work-life balance
- Commitment to Training and lifelong training
- Role Models that the ones coming in can look up to
- Invest in Female entrepreneur
- Leverage on Female New platforms such as “Female Techpreneur”
There are a million ways to demystify IT, the list is in exhaustive and I am sure you will agree with me on this one. Feel free to add your view below and let’s dialogue.
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