The Digital Revolution: Leaving No Girl Behind
October 14, 2021
Canada is considered one of the most developed and diverse countries in the world. But as COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation across the country, we are at risk of leaving behind the perspectives, skills and experience of diverse population groups. This is because many young people in Canada – especially girls and young women – continue to face barriers to accessing and adopting digital technology, including gender-related stereotypes, gendered cyber threats and lack of influencer support. Those who do have access are often interacting with technology hardwired with gender biases and limitations. Addressing these barriers and biases is critical to building a prosperous and resilient future.
In honour of the UN’s 2021 Day of the Girl, Actua and TD Bank Group convened a panel of experts to discuss the benefits of digital literacy among girls, the barriers and opportunities that exist and the solutions needed to pave the way for the next generation of technologists here in Canada and around the world.
The panel, moderated by Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua, explored:
- The gender digital divide, including the impacts of COVID-19, and why closing the divide is critical to our future;
- The emerging and long-standing barriers facing girls and young women in tech and solutions to break them down; and
- The role of industry to improve access to education, mentors and technology for girls and young women.
Thank you to our panelists for the rich conversation and for sharing your experiences and insight.
- Jen Weber, Head of Business Shared Services Technology, TD Bank Group
- Kim George, National Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions, Toyota Canada Inc.
- Dr. Eugenia Addy, CEO, Visions of Science
- Denise Williams, CEO, First Nations Technology Council
- Julee Minniti, Co-Director, Venture Academy, McMaster University