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Empowering Gender Equality Through Technology

While progress has been made, women have a lower understanding of technology, fewer digital skills, a lower presence on online platforms, and are less likely to own mobile or technological devices on a global scale. Access and affordability issues, a lack of education, and socio-cultural norms are all barriers to women’s and girls’ digital literacy.

Today’s digital transformation opens up new opportunities for women’s economic empowerment and can help to achieve greater gender equality. The Internet, digital platforms, mobile phones, and digital financial services provide “leapfrog” opportunities for all and can help bridge the gender gap by allowing women to earn additional income, increase their employment opportunities, and access knowledge and general information.

To this day, Indonesian women face greater economic challenges than men. As per a recent World Economic Forum study, only 56% of Indonesian women were in the labour force, compared to 84.1 % of Indonesian men.

Another report stated that these issues are caused by a lack of education, as well as inherent biases and socio-cultural norms that limit women and girls’ ability to benefit from the opportunities provided by the digital transformation. Furthermore, girls’ lower educational enrolment in disciplines that would allow them to perform well in a digital world – such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as information and communication technologies – combined with women’s and girls’ more limited use of digital tools could lead to wider gaps and greater inequality.

To address this, Indonesia’s leading digital telecommunications company has launched an innovation platform for Indonesian women that employs technology to address gender inequality challenges. Through the platform, the company saw an opportunity to use technology to reduce gender inequality. The programme started in 2020 to empower Indonesian women through innovations, allowing them to hack their own problems into creative breakthroughs that can solve women’s issues.

The Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia emphasised Qatar and Indonesia’s strong relations, which have resulted in wonderful possibilities and opportunities such as women’s empowerment and allowing technology to reach the needs of the people. The platform is a novel programme that can assist women in honing their skills and expanding their capacity.

“I hope that this programme can empower more Indonesian women in the future as women need to educate themselves in new concepts and technology,” she said. Social Affairs Minister expressed her hope that the programme will encourage new tech innovations to support women, from personal growth to reducing obstacles.

The programme’s 2021 edition focuses on three major topics: women’s economic empowerment, education, and health. The programme aims to increase women’s contributions to the family economy through entrepreneurship, as well as women’s access to education and health care.

More than 1,000 Indonesian women are expected to participate in the platform, which will include various women’s empowerment communities from across the country. The programme is open to all Indonesian women under the age of 40, with the option of entering a team of up to three members.

Technology and social media can be powerful tools for women and girls to engage in democracy, civic action and peacebuilding, as well as to fight for their basic rights and gender equality. Adapting programming and investing in digital literacy for women and girls will be key to ensuring that they can meaningfully participate in these newly opened public spheres.

According to the telecommunication company’s CEO, the leading digital telecom provider will continue to assist programme graduates in turning their innovations into real solutions through this sustainable programme, in collaboration with the government and global organisations such as UNDP, UN Women, and GSMA Connected Women. The company also hope that the platform will be the starting point to reduce the gender gap and continue to create a bigger impact to achieve gender equality in Indonesia.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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