IGF 2019 WS #398 Women in Technology: Challenges & Opportunities

Organizer 1: Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky, Digital Grassroots
Organizer 2: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Digital Grassroots
Organizer 3: Ahmed Omar, Alex Media Forum / CLC- AAST

Speaker 1: Oyindamola Sogunro, Government, African Group
Speaker 2: Rebecca Ryakitimbo, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: Priyatosh Jana, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Shabana mansoory, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

How to encourage more women to join the STEM education fields?
How to keep more women in labor in STEM?
How to include women in the design phase of Technologies?
How to refrain new technologies from being gender-biased ?

Relevance to Theme: The workshop will focus on discussing the issues faced by Women In Technology, whether during the STEM education cycle or in the workplace as there is a high need to include women from the design phase to avoid a biased technology and to decrease the digital divide

Relevance to Internet Governance: Speakers are from different Stakeholder Groups and regions coming together to share their perspectives. Both male and female speakers will share the struggles faced by women in Technology and their recommendations on how to overcome them. The audience will be encouraged to participate and will have an open microphone just as speakers.


Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 90 Min

Description: The below is the proposed Agenda:
- Pre-amble: The speakers from differenet stakeholder groups will share their regional and background perspectives about the high need of getting more women in Technology, they will also share the reasons behind the gender gap and the current struggles of Women in Tech
- Audience will have the opportunity to ask questions
- We will have 3 break-out groups, in which each group will discuss the following:
Women in STEM Education
Women in Design
Women in Labor
Each group will discuss a certain issue and provide recommendations. A delegate from each group will share them with the whole audience
Recommendations will be shared in a blog on Digital Grassroots website (https://www.digitalgrassroots.org)

Expected Outcomes: - Recommendations from each group regarding the below topics will be shared with the whole audience:
Women in STEM education
Women in Design
Women in Labor
- A hashtag will be created on Social Media so the audience can share their reflections or quote the speakers
- A blog will be created referring to the list of recommendations and shared on Digital Grassroots website

Onsite Moderator: 

Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization

Online Moderator: 

Ahmed Omar, Civil Society, African Group


Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Civil Society, African Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions after the pre-amble
The break-out groups are created to allow the participants to share their perspectives
Delegates from each group will share their group's feedback
Participants are encouraged to use the social media to share their reflections using a dedicated hashtag

Online Participation: 

The online moderator will be present to encourage the participation from the remote participants and organize their interventions

Proposed Additional Tools: Twitter, a hashtag will be created using the session reference to encourage the participants to share their reflections


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth