ICT for gender empowerment: WHY AND HOW TO INVEST
WHY AND HOW TO INVEST
Understand the context of ICT for gender empowerment
ICT is a recognised tool for development, but women and girls generally have less access to information technology than men and boys, which exacerbates existing inequality. South Africa has a thriving ICT sector, but barriers to entry tend to be higher for women – they constitute only 13% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates. Investing in ICT for gender makes good economic sense – there is evidence to support the idea that gender diversity in the workplace reaps rewards such as improved company performance and greater innovative capability.
Potential models of intervention
A number of diverse models of intervention exist, including empowering women entrepreneurs (particularly in agriculture), incubating SMMEs, promoting equal opportunities for women in STEM, driving financial inclusion for women, and tackling the scourge of gender-based violence with technology.