Governments around the world yesterday agreed to a document at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to try to promote the female presence in new technologies and to continue advancing towards equality in the digital age.
The final conclusions of the Women’s Commission were adopted at dawn in New York, after marathon negotiations that forced the closure of the meeting to be delayed for hours.
According to UN Women, the document represents a revolutionary step towards realizing the vision of “a more equal and connected world for women and girls in all their diversity”.
“It is our job, after leaving here today, to translate them into reality,” said Sima Bahous, the executive director of this United Nations agency, about these conclusions.
The central objective of the agreed text is to promote full and equal participation of women in the design, transformation and integration of digital technologies.
According to the United Nations, the dominance of new technologies by men is slowing down the advancement of gender equality and, with the development of tools such as artificial intelligence, threatens to exacerbate the problem.
Among other things, the declaration of the Women’s Commission calls for more public and private investment to reduce the digital divide, promote more inclusive innovation ecosystems and achieve safer digital spaces for women.
The text, for example, expresses serious concern about the links between violence online and in the real world and the problem of harassment of women on the Internet.
The approval of these conclusions ended two weeks of meetings at the United Nations headquarters with the participation of thousands of government representatives and civil society organizations.