A Genderless Digitalisation

Digitalization is not genderless, at least not when it comes to its effects. From the rise of a fluid workplace, to the investment in digital skills and life-long learning, to an increase in the technology gap and a greater demand of skills in STEM careers; women are at a disadvantage.

UNI demands that measures are put in place in relation to skills, pay, ratings, working time, algorithms and AI that proactively seek to combat (gender) discrimination

Just take this example: The World Economic Forum published research that showed that female coders are regarded as better coders than men - as long as it is not known they are women. 

To boot, the unequal distribution of household responsibilities, limited access to technologies, lack of support in career life are just a few of the issues women face today, and which will continue to grow as our workplace becomes more digitalized. 

Even in the platform economy, the rating systems, and how people use them, are far from gender-blind. Female taxi drivers are typically rated lower than men, platforms are also typically gender segregated with more women on ETSY than on Uber. Algorithms per se, do not solve the age-long gender-biases in our economies and societies.

Read our article on genderless digitalisation that was published by Friends of Europe here