The Business Alliance for Women, which has 85 member companies, will join people nationwide in commemorating International Women’s Day under DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.
On March 8, the world commemorates International Women’s Day.
Since 2014, the Coalition has been working with similar groups in different industries, including IT, to help businesses understand how valuable their female employees are to the company.
Evonne Kennedy, the Executive Director of the PNG Business Coalition for Women, said that the business benefits of gender equality in the workplace are well known. However, the lack of gender equality and inclusiveness is still a significant problem in the IT world.
She said that not having enough women in tech affects the health of individual companies and the shortage of professionals in the tech sector as a whole.
Kennedy said that the lack of women in IT right now and other things make it hard for women to get into IT-related fields or use the internet.
- Cyber/online or IT-facilitated violence
- Lack of role models
- Prejudice based on gender; and
- Sexual Harassment
Since 2014, the Coalition has been working with similar groups in many fields, including IT, to help businesses see how valuable their female employees are to the company.
If more women go into technology, this will lead to more creative solutions and a higher chance of innovations that meet the needs of women and work to make gender equality a reality.
The overall gender pay gap and the unemployment rate will decrease with more women working in the field.