EQUALS Partners share research to enable data-driven and evidence-based action in support of digital gender equality. The EQUALS Research Group leads this important work.
Taking stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership
The inaugural report of the EQUALS Research Group
Women and girls are still lagging far behind their male peers in the digital realm, according to a new report launched today under the EQUALS Partnership. The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies. It also presents a compilation of case studies written by more than 25 leading experts and researchers that tell the story of how technology impacts women and girls in various contexts, including jobs and wages, security and privacy, cyber threats, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).
Lead partner: UN University Institute onComputing and Society
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About the EQUALS Research Group
Supporting the work of the three EQUALS Coalitions, the Research Group – led by the UN University Institute for Computing & Society – is fundamental to our emphasis on evidence-driven actions.
Composed of experts in information gathering and analysis, the group focuses on generating knowledge about the existence, causes and remedies for gender tech inequalities, and on motivating key stakeholder groups, including private sector companies, government departments, regulatory agencies, and academia, to collect and share gender-relevant data.
Because data credibility is crucial, the group’s initial work will center around developing robust resources for collecting, evaluating, analyzing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data derived from a wide and highly diverse variety of sources. In addition to direct sourcing of data from technology and other relevant institutions and industries, the group will be exploring at how innovative technology platforms themselves might help in data collection – for example, through user-generated reporting on a range of gender issues.
The group’s first output – an analysis of the state of gender equality in the three Coalition areas of Access, Skills and Leadership – will be released on 15 March 2019. The group will also contribute to the development of a common information and knowledge-sharing platform that will serve as a core resource for Coalition members, the EQUALS Secretariat, and interested stakeholders. This platform will centralize information on projects, research papers contacts across the EQUALS partner network.
Why it matters
Strong, credible data and case studies are vital not only to understanding the scope of the problem across different countries and regions, but also to recognizing successful strategies that could be replicated by others. Sex-disaggregated data is essential to a better understanding of the realities for women globally concerning their access to technology, skills development and leadership opportunities in the tech sector. Contextualizing and correctly interpreting data is critical to applying knowledge effectively to close gender gaps.
A strong evidence foundation will help the three EQUALS Coalitions develop targeted interventions for specific geographies and demographics, for more effective programmes, which can themselves be rigorously measured and evaluated.
The programmatic work of the three coalitions will drive the Research Group’s overall direction of data collection and analysis.
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