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Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech: Empowering Women in Commonwealth Nations

By Dele Fayemi – CYGEN Member (He/Him)


In today's rapidly evolving tech landscape, the need for diversity and inclusivity has become more critical than ever, especially within Commonwealth nations. The gender gap in the tech sector is a glaring issue, with recent reports indicating a decline in the percentage of women in tech leadership positions, dropping to just 28% in 2023. Shockingly, women hold a mere 26.7% of tech-related jobs, highlighting the urgent need for increased female representation in the tech space, particularly in larger companies.


Beyond advocating for gender equality in tech, it's equally vital to actively encourage and empower women to join the industry. Personally involved in tech recruitment, personal development, and passionate about gender advocacy, I've observed a disheartening trend where a disproportionately low number of female applicants pursue roles in tech. To address this, I've taken initiatives, such as organizing tech workshops that trained over 50 women in 2023, showcasing the myriad opportunities available in the tech sector leveraging on my work at GOMYCODE, an edutech company

While statistics underscore the gender gap, it's imperative to confront the barriers and stereotypes deterring women from pursuing tech careers. Creating inclusive environments within tech companies, challenging stereotypes in educational institutions, and fostering a belief that tech is for everyone are essential steps in bridging this gap.


Mentorship and support networks play a pivotal role in empowering women in the tech space. Establishing mentorship programs, like the CYGEN network I'm a part of, connects experienced women with aspiring professionals, providing guidance and a roadmap for success through one of its thematic areas; Youth Transitions in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. Joining such networks is crucial for building a robust support system that ensures women entering the tech space feel empowered and confident.


In conclusion, addressing the gender gap in the tech industry, particularly in Commonwealth nations, is an urgent call to action. Beyond mere rhetoric on gender equality, actively encouraging and empowering women in technology is essential. By addressing barriers, challenging stereotypes, and promoting inclusivity, we can foster a thriving tech community that benefits from the diverse talents and perspectives of both men and women, reshaping the narrative and creating an industry that truly reflects the rich tapestry of our society.



 

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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