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  On this year’s International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th, 2023, the United Nations and UN Women are coming together to celebrate the theme of DigitALL, which highlights the role of innovation and technology in promoting gender equality.
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Despite the growing prevalence of technology in our lives, the representation of women in the artificial intelligence industry remains low, with women comprising only 22% of AI workers worldwide. Furthermore, a comprehensive study of 133 AI systems across various industries has revealed that 44.2 % of these systems demonstrate gender bias. Women journalists are also facing online harassment, as evidenced by a survey of 125 countries, which found that 73% of women journalists had experienced violence online during their work. Despite these challenges, women have made significant contributions to the digital world, from the earliest days of computing to the present age of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Women have had to overcome significant obstacles in a field that has historically not been welcoming to them, and their accomplishments are a testament to their resilience and perseverance.
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Currently, women continue to face a persistent gender gap in accessing technology, which prevents them from fully benefiting from its potential. This inequality is further compounded by the fact that women remain underrepresented in STEM education and careers, which creates a significant barrier to their participation in technology design and governance. Additionally, the widespread threat of online gender-based violence coupled with a lack of legal recourse often forces women out of the digital spaces they occupy. However, digital tech also presents new opportunities for the global empowerment of women, girls, and other marginalized groups. These opportunities range from gender-responsive digital learning to tech-enabled sexual and reproductive healthcare. Thus, the digital age offers an unprecedented chance to eliminate all forms of disparity and inequality.
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On this International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th, the United Nations urge governments, activists, and the private sector to continue their efforts in creating a safer, more inclusive, and more equitable digital world. Despite the numerous global challenges we face, we have a unique opportunity to create a better future for women and girls and all people and life on Earth. Featured Image Source: Development Diaries
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This article was first published on 16th March 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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