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Women’s Day 2023: Addressing Gender Inequality in the Digital Age

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements and a call to action for gender equality. It is a day that highlights the progress made towards women’s rights, while also highlighting the work that still needs to be done. From the gender pay gap to violence and misogyny, there are still significant barriers that women face in achieving true equality.

Women have made important contributions to the digital world, but they continue to be underrepresented in the industry. According to a report, women make up only 22 per cent of artificial intelligence workers globally. This is a concerning statistic, especially as AI is becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives. It is essential that women are included in the development and design of AI technology to ensure that it is representative and serves everyone equally.

 women in digital world
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Another issue that has come to the forefront in recent years is gender bias in AI systems. A global analysis of 133 AI systems across industries found that 44.2 per cent demonstrate gender bias. This is a significant concern as AI systems are being used to make important decisions, including hiring and promotion. If these systems are biased, they can perpetuate discrimination and inequality.

Violence against women, both online and offline, remains a pervasive issue. A survey of women journalists from 125 countries found that 73 per cent had suffered online violence in the course of their work. This is an alarming statistic and shows that even in the digital age, women are not safe from violence and harassment.

Violence against women

The lack of representation of women in top jobs, leadership roles and politics is also a significant issue. Women continue to be underrepresented in these areas, making it harder for them to have their voices heard and their needs addressed.

Women’s Day: women in leadership roles

All these issues are interconnected and highlight the need for urgent action towards gender equality. Women must have equal access to education and job opportunities to ensure they are represented in all fields, including technology. It is also crucial that AI systems are designed and tested for bias, and that women are included in decision-making processes. Furthermore, there must be zero tolerance for online and offline violence against women.

This Women’s Day, it is important to reflect on the progress that has been made, while also acknowledging the work that still needs to be done. We must continue to push for change and work towards creating a world where women and girls have the same opportunities and rights as men and boys. This means addressing issues such as the gender pay gap, violence against women, misogyny, and lack of representation in top jobs, leadership roles, and politics. Only then can we truly achieve gender equality and build a better future for all.

In conclusion, the digital age presents both opportunities and challenges for women. While digital technology can empower and enable women to participate fully in society, it can also perpetuate inequality and discrimination. This Women’s Day, let us recommit to building a world where women are valued and can participate fully and equally in all areas of life. Together, we can create a world where gender equality is not just a goal, but a reality.

My Tribute to NHS Staff who died from CoronaVirus

Once we pass this phase and overcome the Virus Pandemic, how do you think history will judge every single nuclear country? What will the historians write about how these countries responded to COVID-19 Pandemic and how they protected their people? Well, it’s scandalous isn’t it? None of these countries had enough ventilators for patients and Personal protective equipment for front line staff.


Violent Islamophobic assault on women wearing Hijabs

There has been a racist attack at North Ealing tube station at 5.30pm on Friday 23rd August 2019. A grandmother aged 60 and her daughter, who is in her 30s, were racially abused by a woman for wearing hijabs.Two women were first racially abused and then physically attacked. It was a brutal assault with both women being hospitalised, one with internal bleeding and the other with suspected broken ribs.The assault took place in front of the mum’s young children who are aged just three and six.


Candlelight Vigil – Jyoti

The brutal rape and resulting death of the 23-year-old student, Jyoti Singh Pandey last month set off protests in New Delhi and sparked a national debate in India. The inability of law enforcement to protect vulnerable women coupled with a wider debate about the treatment of women in general. Although sexual offences against women occur all over the world the horrific case of Jyoti Pandey has caused something of a media frenzy.


An article in Urdu language about online- dating websites

آن لائن ڈیٹنگ ایک دھوکہ

ہمارا  معاشرہ بے شمار مسائل سے بھرا پڑا ہے اور آئے دن دل دہلانے والے واقعات اخبارات اور میڈیا کی شہ سرخی بنتےہیں۔ برطانیہ میں آباد ہماری ایشین کمیونٹی جہاں اور بہت سے مسائل کا شکار ہے وہاں لڑکے اور لڑکیوں کے لیے مناسب رشتے ڈھونڈنا بھی کچھ آسان کام نہیں۔ کچھ کے والدین، رشتہ دار یا دوست احباب مدد کردیتے ہیں جبکہ کچھ خود ہی تلاش ہمسفر میں نکل پڑتے ہیں لیکن جو خود اس کام کا بیڑا اٹھاتے ہیں انہیں بعض اوقات کافی تلخ تجربات سے گزرنا پڑتا ہے۔


Should Burka be banned in Britain?

“I like to wear the clothes of my choice”

“I chose the lifestyle that suits me.”

“Nobody should tell me how to dress up in public because its my personal choice and basic right.”

Does this all sound familiar to you? Have you heard this recently?

Last few months saw a debate in British media about banning veil in public places, schools and certain institutions where identification is a legal requirement.