Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Women's Day at 100

UN figures (show) that women do two-thirds of the world's work, produce half of its food yet earn 10% of its income and own 1% of its property... (source)

The theme for this year's IWD is "Equal access to education, training and science & technology.” The Secretary General said in his statement:

The central skills of the future are often said to be found in science, engineering and technology. Traditionally there are few women in those areas but with the omnipresence of technology, one can speculate that girls are no longer alienated from making a contribution here.

The message is definitely geared world-wide but, oddly, it is one that still has people scratching their heads in the so-called 'developed' nations.

Despite great leaps in the number of women entering these fields in the past 25 years very few enter the top, executive levels of their professions, (except the traditional ones like nursing). Those who run the labs, direct the funding programs and administer the research centres, those who influence who and what gets funding, are still mostly men.

In the online world, supposedly the great equalizer, one needn't look further than our little patch of the blogosphere to see that it's mostly a man's world. Interestingly, it's estimated that 85% of the entries on Wikipedia, of all places, are by men (source).

Women are not represented well online here, the situation is worse of 'less developed' nations. Where are the world's women in the online world ?

Related Media:

Women are changing the face of medicine But are underrepresented in high-level positions CBC

Lack of women in science needs to be addressed Vancouver Sun

Women'' Day at 100 The Guardian

Related Resources:

IWD 2011 United Nations

Gender and Science: Women, agents of change UNESCO

Panel discussion on enhancing women´s access to education, science and technology for economic growth and development UNCTAD

Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

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