Mind the Gap, especially for Women in Tech

  • In OECD countries, automation could replace 11% of the female workforce (who tend to perform more routine tasks), compared to 9% of the male workforce, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) notes that in Asia, more than 80% of their garment, textile, and apparel manufacturing jobs could be lost, as “sewbots” replace humans in factories. This would disproportionately affect young women, who make up the majority of the garment industry workforce.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) will also require new skills in which female representation varies across countries. The World Economic Forum (WEF), in partnership with LinkedIn, note Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, as the countries with the largest AI gender gap. Globally, 22% of AI professionals are female, while in Argentina, women make up only 17% of this talent pool.

At GAN Global, we see many potential opportunities for women, especially in the tech fields. Human skills such as creativity and social and emotional intelligence are increasingly important and complementary to technology. These are skills typically associated with women. Yet, women remain under-represented in (STEM)-related fields, despite the increased priority placed on these subjects across the globe.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), females make up only 35% students in STEM-related fields of higher education, and 28% in communications technology. In Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, math achievement in secondary education leans more favorably towards boys. In urban poor areas, women are 50% less likely to be online than men, with Kampala and Nairobi, having the largest gaps, impacting female economic and political participation, and empowerment in these communities, according to a Web Foundation survey.

GAN is delighted to join the Latin American Women in Technology (Latinity) conference today through our network in Costa Rica to promote more opportunities for women by building partnerships with companies, governments, and civil society. By recognizing the opportunities that the changing nature of work is creating for women and girls in the workforce of the future, we create a win-win for businesses, economies and societies that will help foster sustainable development for all.

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