Standard Bank and co-sponsor Liberty lauched The Women in Technology Conference hosted at the Protea Hotel, Melrose Arch to address challenges faced in the industry.
The World Economic Forum’s Annual Gender Gap Report shows slow progress and minimal change in many countries worldwide; it estimates gender parity globally may now be over 170 years away.
Previously, they estimated an 80-year timeframe, then it was 120 years. Women comprise 55% of the country’s entire workforce, yet only 20% of ICT professionals are women .
“We cannot miss this opportunity to grow this market, or be too slow to close the gender gap. It is crucial that the gateway to innovation and change is opened, and the levels of equality in the world of technology are improved,” says Jayshree Naidoo Head- Standard Bank Incubator from Standard Bank.