Sweden promotes girls and women in ICT in Moldova
On November 4 th Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador of Sweden in Moldova, participated in the High Level Forum: Women and Girls in ICT. “Sweden supports gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Moldova through different programmes in partnership with UN Women and other stakeholders. We fully support the joint initiative “ Girls go IT “, said Signe Burgstaller in her remarks.
Sweden views the “Girls go IT” initiative as an efficient tool to economically empower girls and women, in particular the most vulnerable and marginalized women from poor rural communities of Moldova. Acquiring IT skills will enhance the opportunities for girls and women to find better paid jobs and potentially start their own businesses. Ultimately, this will lead to improved living standards, more sustainable livelihoods and resilient communities. ICT jobs are still perceived as a non-traditional occupation for women. Therefore, promoting women and girls in ICT has a potential to reduce the gender gap and labour market segregation in Moldova. Besides, the global experience demonstrates that economically empowered women become more active and demand equal representation and participation in politics and decision making.
The High Level Forum was organized by UN Women in partnership with E-Government Centre, TEKEDU, Novateca, Association of ICT companies. The purpose of the conference was to create a discussion platform for Moldovan policy and decision makers, international development partners, private sector, media, academia, NGOs and women and girls from urban and rural areas that would explore the ways to advance women and girls in ICT and promote their access to skills, jobs and entrepreneurship in the ICT field. The Forum has elaborated joint recommendations that will be incorporated into the White Paper “Bridging the Gender Gap, Opportunity for Women and Girls in ICT”.