Digital Technology Might Play a Role in Gender Equality


Published Date : May 17, 2016

According to a research study, digital technologies are closing the gender gap at workplaces. Digital fluency is levelling the playing field between women and men at work. It has been found that both women and men have same level of digital fluency. In fact, women are better at implementing the digital skills gained through education. Women find digital skills helpful in finding work. The research carried out by Accenture surveyed around 5,000 men and women across 31 countries. The survey findings, along with data from the World Bank have pointed out that digital fluency is helping women to find jobs and progress at work. 

Girls Beat Boys in Technology Literacy Test in U.S.

In the U.S., the National Assessment of Educational Progress has revealed that girls have scored better in the first ever technology and engineering literacy test conducted by the organization. Girls have shown stronger technical skills than boys in communicating and designing systems with the help of technological tools. 

The U.S., the U.K., Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland are some of the major countries where women have higher rate of digital fluency. These countries have better gender equality at workplace. Countries such as Japan and Saudi Arabia have limited digital fluency among women. Cultural factor is restraining women from attaining digital flency across these regions.

The World Economic Forum has revealed that dearth of high technical skills across job categories is leading to talent shortages and recruitment challenges. Women are significant source of untapped talent in the global workforce and equipping them with digital fluency will help it in long run.