DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day. Celebrated annually on March 8, 2023, International Women’s Day (IWD 2023) will focus on the digital gender gap and the importance of protecting women’s and girls’ rights in digital spaces, as well as addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence. In the past, women’s exclusion from the digital world has caused a $1 trillion loss to low- and middle-income countries. Reversing this trend will require addressing online violence, which 38% of women have experienced.
As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we should ensure gender equality in the implementation of policies that address women’s issues through a gender-responsive approach in which all women and girls have equal opportunity and capacity to contribute to innovation, technology, and digital space. However, the digital revolution can also perpetuate existing patterns of gender inequality, with women falling behind due to growing inequalities in digital skills and access to technologies. Therefore, inclusive and transformative technology, as well as digital education, are essential for a sustainable future for women in their various areas of expertise.
ABCG continues to collaborate with local and indigenous women to bridge the gap and amplify their voices on biodiversity conservation and related issues throughout Africa to ensure just and equitable implementation of actions that include women’s full and effective participation and role in biodiversity conservation.
Our International women’s Day Newsletter Edition.
Happy International Women’s Day to all women and girls in the world!