Nobody believed in us, in girls' power, or in our unique approach. We kept on insisting on our chosen strategy and long-way path. We kept on saying that there is a big gender disparity in management positions or tech roles, especially in Central Asian countries. Specifically, in Uzbekistan, the patriarchal system is intertwined in every segment of the economy. Men and women are not completely equal in rights, abilities, and quantity.
Do you aware of Bettisia Gozzadinin who was a jurist, lectured at the University of Bologna from about 1239. She is thought to be the first woman to have taught at a university. This memorable case has been documented in the 13th century. Can you imagine? But how about all of those women who did live before the 13th century, 1300 years with no rights, voice, and alternative for a better life. It is difficult to imagine.
Yet in the 19th century, some other countries followed after Italy such as India, Argentine, and the USA allowed girls free education.
Based on those real facts above, we collected massive statistics on women's activity and their roles in vulnerable societies. We have decided to create a sustainable project focused on technology and ICT that will bring value to young girls and the female layer in general.
Forward Role has found that the tech gender divide goes back further than just employment. It begins at an education level and more needs to be done to encourage girls to find tech subjects appealing. While there has been a shift in young men accessing traditionally female-dominated sectors, this hasn't happened in those male-dominated industries, such as computer science, technology and digital. In fact, only 20% of those taking computer science at GCSE level are girls. While at university, this trend continues, with computer science having 13,085 more male students than female.
To combat this, our new project has recommended that schools should promote apprenticeships as an option for all and challenge traditional gender stereotyping from an early stage. As well as we should give more opportunities for women in practical fields such as Start up acceleration stations etc.
With the advent of disruptive technologies, there are more and more Start-up Acceleration Programs globally that mentor and support young entrepreneurs throughout the beginning of the journey. With a study on worldwide acceleration programs and its main future trends, this project will build a specific environment: Incubation and Acceleration Program to be developed for the growing women entrepreneurial community in technology.
We submitted our project for OSCE and presented at Women in Technology, Warsaw (Poland). It was a massive occasion with all of the top-tier tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Uber, Baker McKinsey, Facebook, etc.
In a nutshel
"Diversity is good for business and good for the wider society. One of the ways we can help make a change in the tech industry is by inspiring and empowering more young women to consider careers in technology"
- There should be more targeted support and careers guidance for young women from school age upwards
- There should be more taster courses and work experience for young people before they decide on their chosen apprenticeship
- There should be more visits for young women to male-dominated workplace
Emma Grant, talent and skills manager at Manchester Digital
heads up DigitalHer.