The Technological Revolution Leaves Women in Africa Behind
Women in Africa and developing nations are being left behind in the technological revolution, threatening to exacerbate gender inequities and further push women and girls into impoverishment. Women remain economically marginalized due to the global feminization of poverty. For instance, in the sub-Saharan economies, women perform up to 80 percent of the agricultural work, but earn only 20 percent or less of the revenue. At the United Nations Beijing +5 Conference in New York, delegates criticized the obstacles that women faced in gaining access to the Internet and other technology. "In developing countries for instance, almost all computers and telephones are owned by men. Women therefore have very little access to the Internet," said Sarah Murison of the UN Development Programme on Gender.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .