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The Age of Digitalisation: Equality of Opportunities

The Age of Digitalisation: Equality of Opportunities

EWF Participants discussed digitalisation trends

What is the role of women in development of hi-tech branches? Will digitalisation lead to a decline in jobs? Participants of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum discussed those and many other questions within the parity debate titled ‘The Age of Digitalisation: Equality of Opportunities’. Yekaterina Inozemtseva, Director General of Skolkovo Forum, was the moderator of the discussion.

Digital technologies provide women with new prospects, help them combine business activities with other fields of life, and ensure equal access to modern resources. However, digitalisation brings substantial changes and risks to different fields of activity.

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Development of digital technologies contributes to a decline in jobs, as emphasized by Viktoria Abramchenko, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. She mentioned that automation of labour would primarily affect junior service personnel and those fields where women are often employed.

Such trend will cause changes in the educational field. It is planned to develop retraining programmes to employ specialists who will be replaced by artificial intelligence. Special programmes will also be necessary to higher education institutions where traditional education will be replaced by projects aimed at development of competencies. There are also training programmes for older generation that will be carried out to integrate them in modern life requiring at least the minimum digital literacy.

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The participation of women in development of hi-tech branches became a separate topic discussed at the parity debate. The guests emphasized the importance to expand women’s representation in IT. According to Svetlana Balanova, General Director of IBS, Russia’s governmental corporations have almost no women in their administration. However, Russia is still one of the leading countries in terms of women administrators in IT.

Participants of the parity debate emphasized that achieving full gender equality would result in global growth of GDP by 8%.

New opportunities for women’s self-realisation will accelerate this process. They include virtual business platforms, cloud computing technologies, and social networks.

Yekaterina Inozemtseva summed up the discussion: digital economy presupposes equal access to technologies but doesn’t guarantee that anyone can use them. That is why it is necessary to work out programmes of retraining and additional education.

The discussion ended with awarding women for their best technological projects.

Kristina Danilina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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