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Sunday, 27 October, 2019 - 10:36

Toxic masculinity and everyday sexism create a hostile environment for women in technology workplaces and in online spaces. In an increasingly digital world the male-domination of technology design, software production, and digital content is a serious problem that demands urgent remedy.

 

To understand the negative experiences of women in technology spaces and what can be done to remedy the situation we interviewed women from eleven African and South Asian countries as well as many employers and funders. We focused on women working in open-source communities because they have been under-researched at a time when companies are increasingly committing to use open source software as part of signing up to the Principles for Digital Development.

 

The resulting report entitled Towards a More Gender-Inclusive Open Source Community was co-authored with my colleagues Becky Faith and Evangelia Berdou from the Digital and Technology research team at IDS has been published by the Digital Impact Alliance.

 

The role and experience of women in technology workplaces

Computer coding was originally a female-dominated profession both in the US and the UK. However as it became increasingly central to economic and social life it was re-gendered as male work. Today women are under-represented and underpaid in almost all technology workplaces, especially in senior positions, and the situation is far worse for Black women and...