The upcoming session aims to put a spotlight on the gender divide in accessing the Internet, which is ten percentage points and growing in many regions of the world. While equal access to the Internet is the first step in addressing the divide, technical education and training are also crucial so that women do not only consume Internet content and services, but also partake in jobs at technology companies, produce digital content and services, and manage their own tech companies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits of the Internet, for jobs and growth, which in turn highlights the urgency of closing the gender divide. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, said that ‘human potential is the only limitless resource we have in this world.’
This third studio will help to understand the impact of the gender divide – not just the numbers, but the personal stories behind the numbers – and how to close the gender divide. This will not just help to realize the Sustainable Development Goals of Gender Equality (SDG 5), Decent Work (SDG 8), and Fostering Innovation (SDG 9), it will help to realize the human potential of all of us.
- Doreen Bogdan-Martin | Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
- Roland White | Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft UK
- Isabelle Collet | Associate Professor, University of Geneva
- Michael Kende | Visiting Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Programmes, The Graduate Institute Geneva