How can digital technology support gender equality in the MENA region?

Author: NewsRoom, Published on: 15 March 2019

Closing the skills gap by training women in leadership and developing women’s business skills will facilitate the creation of start-up businesses and generate thousands of jobs that will transform the economy of the region.

There was an emphasis on the power of designing training tool-kits for women in order to facilitate an understanding of how technology can be used to run their businesses more effectively and sustainable. A wide range of practices were presented, from the use of blockchain technology to track the quality of agricultural supplies to reaching new markets for import and export by use of new digital platforms. There was agreement that women must be included in the design of ICT infrastructure to tackle challenges such as lack of access to cash, capital and to basic technology.

A new major trend to be considered is cybersecurity. Ninety percent of the future workforce will require cybersecurity training as a part of ICT training and this could become a major generator of jobs for women in the MENA region

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