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UNESCO Publication Explores Gender Inequality and Gender Biases in Digital Tech

UNESCO partnered with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the EQUALS Skills Coalition to produce I’d Blush If I Could, a publication that features recommendations for improving gender equality in digital skills, especially with regard to gender prejudice coded into AI applications such as digital voice assistants.

According to UNESCO, “The publication locates this prejudice in the gender imbalance of technical teams leading the development of frontier technologies and identifies policy solutions to help women and girls cultivate strong digital skills.” Additionally, “The gendered submissiveness and servility expressed by so many other ‘female’ digital assistants illustrate the gender biases coded into AI products. As the publication explains, these biases are rooted in stark gender-imbalances in skills education and in the technology sector.”

UNESCO also notes, “Bridging these gender gaps requires gender-responsive digital skills education. The publication features numerous recommendations on how to make technology studies more inclusive of women and girls and describes examples of good practice from around the world.”

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