Mohammed bin Masoud – Dammam – At a time when societies are making progress towards equality and gender equality, women’s empowerment is of particular importance. Although women are the foundation of human civilization, and the foundation of any modern and vibrant society, women have historically rarely had the same opportunity given to men to shape and build their own identity and excel in society.
Over the past few years, women have taken advanced positions and taken key roles in global development efforts and the economy. At a time when the world is accelerating the pace of gender equality, the empowerment of women has emerged as an important factor in efforts to ensure equal opportunities, capabilities and roles to contribute effectively to the development of society as’ a whole.
In today’s highly interconnected world driven by digital transformation, increasing the contribution of women in the science and technology sector is critical. Preparing them with skills, honing their determination and enabling them to make their own choices freely and pursue their goals and ambitions will positively help bring about tangible social change and increase their status to to reach the highest levels in the world of technology.
There is no doubt that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are essential components of any economy to improve its global competitiveness. While women have made tremendous progress in other key areas such as law, entrepreneurship and medicine, their participation in STEM fields has remained significantly low, with less than 30% of women majoring in STEM fields worldwide.
Although many studies indicate that girls have a greater ability to understand and comprehend STEM subjects and obtain higher degrees in them, they are usually reluctant to complete their studies, or they do not work in technical disciplines, especially those related to engineering and information and communication. technology. The reasons for this trend are largely due to structural and cultural barriers arising from stereotypes and prejudices inherent in most cultures. Consequently, these barriers negatively affect individual motives and values, leading to women feeling unfit for these fields, discouraging them from working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A classic example of implicit gender stereotyping that is universally prevalent in STEM fields is the social experiment conducted by economist Ernesto Rubin and his team in 2014. The experiment, which was conducted in the United States, found that low-performing men are more often selected for excluding high-performing women in mathematics, the experiment concluded that men’s chances at work are twice as high as women’s. a, because the selection is made on the basis of gender, not achievement.
In no way can the representation of women in STEM fields be ignored. As nations work together to address fundamental issues facing the planet, such as climate change, universal access to water, disease and renewable energy, diversity of talent is a prerequisite for achieving innovative outcomes and new solutions. With so few women working in science and technology worldwide, the international community is almost never deprived of the optimal use of this vast pool of talent.
Digitization and the rapid development of electronic communications can also be harnessed to promote, highlight and celebrate women’s achievements in science and technology. It will send a message to women that their contributions to the science and technology sector are valued and will continue to be so. These efforts can gain great momentum if the right digital environment and conditions are created that encourage the strengthening of the presence of girls in particular, and society as a whole, in the ICT sector.
The most important thing is that a safe, healthy and accessible digital environment from an early age is essential to be on the right track. If women do not have access to the internet, or do not feel safe in the virtual world, then they are not able to acquire the necessary digital skills and get involved in this vast space. This in turn reduces their chances of finding careers in STEM-related fields in the future. The burden of responsibility therefore falls on governments and regulators to create ideal conditions for the promotion of women’s participation in the ICT sector.
It is noteworthy that the Kingdom of Bahrain places great emphasis on the promotion of the status of women, and strives to ensure equal rights and representation of women in various spheres of society. The Bahraini woman’s imprint on the social and economic transformation journey in the Kingdom is clear and large, as she actively contributes to various fields and sectors of public life, including politics, social development, technology, business and other fields.
One of the Kingdom’s most important efforts in this direction was the establishment of the Supreme Council of Women in 2001, which primarily seeks to empower Bahraini women, increase their participation in society and create a more inclusive and balanced intergenerational environment. .
The Council works actively through a set of initiatives and policies aimed at providing various opportunities for Bahraini women to improve their quality of life, and to strengthen the role of women in shaping a modern society that seeks to preserve the principles of equality in national development. efforts and plans.
Increasing women’s participation and presence in the ICT sector is a key strategic priority for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. Therefore, the government is constantly eager to work with various government agencies and agencies to raise awareness and promote a secure electronic culture in the Kingdom, as well as to create opportunities in the field of information and communication technology for women, which women enable larger roles to be fulfilled. in various departments and sectors, and make coordinated efforts to attract, develop and preserve female talents on her. It should be noted here that the number of female employees in the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has seen a steady increase over the years, as women represent 40% of the total workforce.
Finally, the Communications Regulatory Authority confirms that it will continue its efforts to pave the way for the promotion of the journey of digital transformation in the Kingdom and the enhancement of the role of information and communication technologies in the empowerment of Bahrain, and the achieving a vibrant and inclusive society characterized by equal opportunities and capabilities.
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