Flagship UN gender event closes with ‘blueprint’ for greater role of women in tech — Global Issues

The priority theme for this year’s CSW, an annual two-week event has been empowering women since 1946, is the discrimination, abuse and disregard for women that is taking place in the virtual world.

The aim is to accelerate progress towards a level digital playing field and to address persistent issues affecting women and girls, including limited access to technology, direct violence and violence. disproportionate lines as well as underrepresentation and gender stereotypes in tech industries.

The Commission’s findings document, officially the “Agreed Conclusions” of 45 member countriesrecognize the important role of technology and innovation in achieving gender equality.

In a statement released by UN women on Saturday, the document was described as a “blueprint for all stakeholders, including government, the private sector, civil society and youth, to promote full participation and leadership.” sufficiency and equality of women and girls in the design, transformation and integration of digital technology and innovation to meet the human rights and needs of women and girls.”

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‘Vision for a more equal and connected world’

Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous, said: “This year’s unanimous conclusion is game-changing and sets out our vision for a more just world. equality and connection for women and girls in all their diversity.It is our job, as we leave here today, to make them a reality. of these Agreed Conclusions lies beyond perfecting them today, lies in how we will move them forward together.Let us make them a reality for all women and children. girl.”

Along with reaffirming the importance of women and girls’ full participation and leadership in science, technology and innovation, concern has been expressed about the limited progress in reducing gender gaps in access to technology, connectivity, digital literacy and education. The Unified Conclusions also condemn the correlation between offline and online violence, harassment and discrimination against women and girls.

The Commission calls for a significant increase in public and private sector investments to close the gender digital divide, more inclusive innovation ecosystems, and promote innovation and secure technology. complete and gender responsive. It also emphasizes the need for inclusive and equitable quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, information and communication technology, and digital literacy to ensure that All women and girls can thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Young people are at the center of discussions

For the first time, CSW included an interactive session between youth and youth, youth representatives of UN delegations, civil society and organizations, engaging in dialogue and making recommendations on how to ensure women and girls are part of the digital transformation.

Many civil society organizations have made important contributions, including members of Technology and Innovation Action Coalition for Gender Equalitydebuted as part of Generation Equality Foruma civil society focus group convened by UN Women.

The Coalition for Action has made a significant contribution to strengthening coalitions between Government, the private sector, civil society and the United Nations system, while fostering momentum and commitment to promoting gender equality through through technology and innovation.


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