While the global advancement of women over the last few years cannot go unnoticed, much work remains to reach gender equality. Innovative approaches are needed to ensure that women – from entrepreneurs to informal workers to C-suite executives – are empowered to actively engage in their economies. Technology is a unique avenue to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls. However, technology can also inhibit women’s empowerment by enabling harassment and other unintended consequences.
The SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group will host a Twitter chat on March 12, 2019, 9 am – 3 pm EST to explore these issues and celebrate International Women’s Day. Nathan will join other SEEP member organizations FHI360, ICRW, MaTontine, Pact, and Project Concern International for a dynamic and engaging conversation and exchange of resources and tools on WEE, technology and innovation.
Nathan will host the chat from 10-11 am EST. Join the conversation on Twitter with the #WEECHAT2019 hashtag.
During our host hour, Nathan will discuss women’s participation in STEM fields:
Women’s participation in STEM pales in comparison to men, and this historical dearth in representation directly affects quality of innovation and women’s employability in an increasingly tech-focused world. Barriers to women’s entry, retention, and advancement in STEM range widely, from biases and stereotypes that influence women’s career choices to laws and regulations that limit access to opportunities. Investing in women entrepreneurs in STEM and ensuring women’s access to the digital economy are essential for empowering women, and mean big gains for businesses and the economy.
We’ll be asking questions about the barriers women face in STEM fields and in their access to the digital economy; the business and economic cases for supporting women entrepreneurs in STEM; and ways to devise new responses and build on past success to increase women’s participation and advancement in STEM.