These Stats About Women in Tech Shows That Our Society is Gender Dividend. There is a saying, “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”. In today’s modern times the role of woman has expanded many folds and now she not only behind the success of a man but she also plays an important role in success of a nation. Around half the population of the world comprises of women, in Pakistan also out of total 207 million people, 101 million are females. Women are an integral part of any society who plays an important role in the development of a country. Therefore, they should be provided with platforms to utilize their talents and bring revolutionary changes in the country.
These Stats About Women in Tech Shows That Our Society is Gender Dividend
The advent of technology has opened many such venues but unfortunately large portion of female population lags behind in internet use and access. According to GSMA, after the launch of next generation mobile services, mobile phone ownership has considerably increased but still 21% women are less likely to own a mobile phone as compared to men in USA. This figure increases to 23% for women living in Africa and 24 % for women of Middle East and 37%, if she lives in South Asia. These stats show a significant gender gap in mobile ownership around the world and require great attention of all industry stakeholders.
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Even if you are looking for Startup, or people who have invested in technical fields, we seldom find any women in 1000s of men. This is evident with the figures discussed above. There are very less women in tech as they face sexual harassment at places where there are more boys as compared to women. Tech industry don’t provide room for women who get pregnant. This argument can be supported with the latest statement of Google who disclosed that wage data is very expensive and burden for the company. Many women in Pakistan are not even granted maternity leaves and are also not provided with kinder cares at work places. Due to this they end up leaving their jobs prioritizing their families.
Women are always deprived of the basic right at work place but when it comes to tech work place the situation is even worse. Below are some statistics gathered from different platforms which show that gender gap in our society is very big.
Gender Gap in Digital Society:
- Only 5 percent of women own startups
- Just 28% of women are inducted in Computer Science programs.
- 25% of women hold IT jobs
- Just 7 % of of partners at top 100 venture firms are women
- Women hold 11 % of executive positions at multi national companies
- The quit rate in Tech industry comprises of 41% women and 17% men
- Women in Tech earn 29% less than their male colleagues
- 63% of time women receive low salary offers than men at the same company, for the same job
WEF placed Pakistan at 134 position our of 135 gender dividend countries
In Pakistan, women are 28% of the total workforce yet they generate 40% of production In a global gender gap survey by The World Economic Forum of 135 countries, Pakistan is placed at 134 in ranking (The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 showing a widening gap down from 112 in 2006 to 135 in 2013. The study covers 136 countries representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population. It shows that overall, 95(86%) percent of the countries covered in 2006–2013 have improved their performance, while 15 (14%) percent have widening gaps. Unfortunately Pakistan lies among 14%.
Above statistics clearly shows that women in technology field are deprived of their basic rights and some thing should be done to cater it.