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WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY, Empowering women to take on the digital world!

The world has completely changed these past year becoming all digital and relying primarily on technology, artificial intelligence and networking. The sanitary crisis exacerbates the situation making e-commerce and digital transactions the main survival recipe for companies and businesses.

This trend will probably carry on as new economic perspectives are shaping up and bringing big hopes to business owners, entrepreneurs and corporates. The question is how could women play a part in that new trend? How can we ensure more women in technology and in the digital world? How can we prepare and empower women to launch their own digital business and embrace technology?

It all starts at the education phase and all the trainings that complement it, in addition to confidence building and nourishing the capacity to lead. Thus, preparing women and empowering them through the right programs and also through access to inspiring women role models, will get them ready to embrace technology and navigate through this fourth industrial revolution.

Getting more girls to STEM

Throughout the world, the girl is agile, smart and resilient. She kindles a fire fueled by reality and hope. Her beauty radiates from a quiet source deep within. From an early age she grows versatile in many skills. Her character is complex. She contains multitudes. She has the capacity to embrace several roles at once. Numbers have confirmed that in school when she has the chance to enroll, she often excels at learning—at a pace faster than boy.

But what happened after that?

Both girls and boys need ongoing support if they are to blossom and reach their full potential. That help and ongoing education must transcend the family home, and it must set up fundamentals so that today’s girls matures into tomorrow’s women entrepreneur, able to carry the technological transition and contribute to the socio-economic development.

Unfortunately, there is persistence of female illiteracy in some regions of the world, keeping the total of girls out of school around tens of millions. Governments and international organization, along with privately launched initiatives are striving to improving school conditions and stimulating girls access to school.

By prioritizing education as a universal human right the UN SDG s opened a new chapter in the fight for gender equality. Girls and women can no longer be denied access to the same level of public knowledge and learning activities and educational resources and decision making as boys and men.

The challenge is to get more girls to choose scientific paths and to get introduced early on to computer science and technology. Nevertheless, computer science remains largely a man’s world, with few girls steered in that direction, or earn programming credentials.

This said, by staying enrolled through university, especially in STEM fields, the African girl has a positive impact felt throughout the larger community. Her personal and private strength binds the social fabric, enhances public integrity, builds technological capacity and yields economic gains for the entire continent’s economic development.

Today’s girls any where in the world feels as connected as any African boy. In the past her search for a role model may have been confined to house or village. Now she can reach out and meet and talk to anyone on earth. Internet access and social networks and digital platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook mean she can follow leaders across diverse fields and countless activities. She can now see anything is possible.

This is why it had become even more urgent for schools to equip the girl with the skills that she needs to carry on within the technology sphere and to be as agile in the digital world as in any other domain.

Dr. Hynd Bouhia