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3 ways to reskill women for the automation age

Technology could be the breakthrough that women need, enabling them to work more flexibly in the gig economy. Yet women lag behind men in access to tech, skills and leadership. Globally, men are 33% more likely than women to have access to the internet, and women only account for 35% of STEM students in higher education. Fewer than 20% of tech workers are female in many mature economies. Only 1.4% of female workers have jobs developing, maintaining or operating ICT systems, compared with 5.5% of male workers, according to the OECD. Companies have a role to play, working with educational institutions to develop a broader pipeline of women going into tech fields. In Singapore, many firms have started sending staff members to SkillsFuture’s Digital Workplace programme. Germany-based software company SAP has set a target – and is measuring progress toward it – of having 30% of leadership positions filled by women by 2022.