International Women's Day: towards a more inclusive digital world

Today marks International Women's Day, as part of the tribute to women, girls, women's organizations and feminists who are fighting in favor of equality, justice, peace and gender development, formalized by the United Nations World Organization (UN).

By 2023, the entity celebrates this date under the motto 'For an inclusive digital world: Innovation and technology for gender equality', which seeks to discuss the responsibilities and role of the entire digital ecosystem in improving access to digital tools and reducing the digital gender gap. 

''Incorporating diversity, inclusion and belonging policies into all business activities in the industry empowers leaders at all levels to build the best teams. It has been shown that diverse groups perform better and are more innovative,'' highlighted Yesenia Meneses, Equinix's sales director for Latam.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has recognized that technologies are a means to move towards economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development and, in particular, recognizes the importance of improving the use of ICTs for the empowerment of women.

Incorporating the gender perspective in innovation, technology and digital education in a transformative way would help women and girls to become more aware of their rights and to strengthen their exercise and activism. Advances in digital technology offer new possibilities to solve humanitarian and development challenges and thus realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the results of the 'Women at Work 2022' study, carried out by Deloitte with the participation of 5.000 women from different countries, a favorable trend for inclusion and diversity is evident. It also reveals that the participation of women in large technology companies represents almost 33% of the workforce in that sector, just over 2 percentage points compared to the figures for 2019.

''From our industry, where the percentage of women's participation is even more limited than in others, we want to continue providing greater opportunity and equality to women so that they can enter the professional field; recognizing that a labor force in which people of different genders, races and ages participate is good and necessary for business,'' concluded Meneses.

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