Gender equity matters — even in technology

Clare Winterton, vice president for innovation and advocacy at Global Fund for Women, shares that equitable access to technology matters not just to “high-achieving U.S. women.”

How can the development community engage the next generation of girls to use technology in imagining the future?

Clare Winterton, vice president for innovation and advocacy at Global Fund, identified that as one challenge that could arise when women and girls are not given equal access to technology. While this may seem as a fringe issue and something that perhaps only “high-achieving U.S. women” would be concerned about, inequitable access to technology prevents women and girls from finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

When given access to technology and free rein to think of creative solutions, women and girls are far more likely to be engaged and contribute to development.

Watch the clip above to know more of Winterton’s thoughts on know how to energize and engage girls.

Interested in women’s empowerment and gender equality? Learn about U.N. Women’s Empowering Women — Empowering Humanity: Picture It! campaign in the lead-up to Beijing+20. Devex is a proud media partner.

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    Jacques Jimeno

    Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.