No Labels! Tackling gender stereotypes that hold back women tech entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries
Join us to examine the prevalence of gender stereotypes experienced by women entrepreneurs operating in the tech sector – particularly those in low and middle income countries – and to explore innovative solutions to dismantle them.
Across the world, gender stereotypes are holding women back. Almost 90% of people are biased against women, according to the recent Gender Social Norm Index analysing data from 75 countries across the world and this bias extends across all aspects of women’s lives.
The tech sector is still predominantly male; these gender stereotypes are rife and are significantly contributing to the gender gap in women’s representation. Just 15% of senior leaders in the tech industry are women. Women are not seen to have the right characteristics to succeed – they are not seen as risk takers, resilient, assertive, or confident compared to their male counterparts and instead are pressured to prioritise family and domestic duties. Nearly two thirds of the women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries surveyed for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s 2019 report had also experienced these negative stereotypes.
The consequences of these gender stereotypes not only prevent women from achieving their potential, but also create significant long-term problems for the tech sector – from gender-bias in the products and services that are created, to an inability to fill the millions of specialist tech jobs that are anticipated to be created in the next 10 years.
It is impossible for the tech industry to achieve its full potential unless women are fully included and equally represented – as employees and entrepreneurs. Tackling gender stereotypes is a long-term process and there are multiple ways the industry can embrace the challenge and step up as a community to dismantle these gender stereotypes.
To explore the prevalence and impact of gender stereotypes experienced by women entrepreneurs operating in the tech sector – particularly those in low and middle income countries – this event brings together Sian Hawkins, Director of External Affairs at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Fadé Ogunro, CEO at Bookings Africa; Odunayo Sanya, General Manager, Planning and Customer Management at MTN Nigeria. Together, they discuss:
- How gender stereotypes affect women entrepreneurs from low and middle income countries in the tech sector
- The impact of gender stereotypes on the tech sector as a whole –its products, services and performance
- Best practice and innovative programmes that successfully address gender stereotypes and negative social norms. What can be learnt by the tech sector?
- Key recommendations and ways forward for the tech sector to tackle gender stereotypes and embrace the potential of women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries
- 17 March 2021
- 12:00 – 13:00 GMT
- Online event
- Watch recording below
CEO, Synergy Solutions (Chair)
Director of External Affairs, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
General Manager, Planning & Customer Management, MTN Nigeria
CEO, Bookings Africa
Women Entrepreneurs: Surviving the Pandemic and Beyond
You can read and download the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s 2020 annual audit report Sian speaks about here.
The comprehensive report illustrates the stark impacts of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries, and other major barriers they face—such as gender stereotypes, legal challenges and lack of access to finance.
In collaboration with CW (Cambridge Wireless)
CW is a vibrant community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and associated technologies.
Supported by Synergy Solutions
Synergy Solutions is a Digital Innovator focussed on bringing the latest thinking in customer and end user experience using cutting edge technology.