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EQUALS: OsloMet partners with the UN to prove that tech has no gender

A global partnership is researching how to best achieve gender equality in technology.

Olav Johan Øye Published: Updated:
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OsloMet is acting as an adviser and expert in universal design, contributing with understanding of accessibility of ICT for women, and in particular women with disabilities.

ICTs are considered a catalyst to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and since estimates show that there are some 250 million fewer women online than men, ITU and UN Women have been partnering up with over 30 research institutions on 5 different continents to map and solve related issues.

Disability rights scholars have adopted the term "intersectionality", describing the overlapping forms of discrimination and systematic injustice that affect women with disabilities.

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons recognizes the relationship between gender and disability, and that women with disabilities often are subjects to multiple discrimination.

‘We do not know enough about women’s access to technology, and the mechanisms and the barriers that they experience,’ Assistant Professor G. Anthony Giannoumis explains.

‘Our report is focused on women with disabilities, promoting awareness on their experiences, and ensure that future researchers can understand more details about women and disabilities, and their experiences.’

‘Right now, we are going to give a contribution a UN report on women’s access to technology, to provide recommendations for how to proceed with further research.’