Addressing the digital gender divide

To ensure success in combatting the digital gender divide, the involvement of both public and private sector actors is essential. [Shutterstock / metamorworks]

Gender inequalities in STEM fields and the digital sector were identified decades ago and while some steps have been taken to address these, stark imbalances persist and in many cases, the divide begins from an early age. 

A 2020 European Parliament report outlined two key issues:

Due to societal perceptions of digital fields as male-dominated, many girls are discouraged from seeing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] studies and careers as viable options; among those who do choose to pursue these pathways, the “leaky pipeline” effect sees women leave the sector at a much higher rate than their male counterparts.

Targeted actions and broad societal change are needed to address these issues and ensure that women take up STEM education, stay in STEM careers and reach high positions in their fields; to ensure success in combatting the digital gender divide, the involvement of both public and private sector actors is essential. 

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