200 million fewer women than men can access the internet. Globally, women are 25% less likely than men to have digital skills. Only 6% of app developers are women.
Technology is constantly evolving but there’s still a long way to go to make tech equitable for all.
From March through 30 June, World Pulse crowdsourced women's voices on key technology issues to inform a global women’s tech agenda.
In the first phase of #SheTransformsTech, women across the world were encouraged to:
From March through June 2020, women shared their tech stories and solutions on World Pulse and shared their insights on technology via an online, global survey. In early 2021, World Pulse will channel women's recommendations to decision-makers and forums such as the United Nations and technology companies who are defining a new tech agenda.
Our Digital Ambassadors hosted events to train women and girls on how to use technology to use their voice and grow their leadership. World Pulse also shared resources from a network of women's rights and technology partners.
Apply for Global Recognition:
Rising grassroots women leaders who are using tech for good applied to become Featured Changemakers to receive visibility and support. Featured Changemakers will be announced in August 2020.
World Pulse will produce a package of women’s technology recommendations and solutions and deliver it to global decision-makers, technology leaders, and the United Nations in early 2021. And, while campaign submissions officially closed in June, World Pulse is always open! Members can continue to share stories, connect, and organize around technology initiatives via the Technology Hub.
Read on for answers to frequently ask questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
World Pulse believes in the importance of SDG Goal 5b: to Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women and believes that those closest to this goal deserve to be heard.
During the campaign period, women were encouraged to take the following actions:
- Share your story: Do you have a personal story to share about how technology has impacted your life? Share to inform the global report and for a chance to become a Featured Storyteller.
- Take the survey: As part of this project, World Pulse will conduct a global survey to gather input on the future of technology. The survey was made available in English, French, and Spanish.
- Apply to be a Featured Changemaker: If you are running an organization, campaign, or project that leverages technology for good or is transforming the technology sector, apply for this global recognition and become part of a unique cohort of women leaders using digital tools to change the world.
- Invite Your Friends: We are looking to broaden the conversation and include the perspectives of as many women as we can in this project. Download our Promotional Toolkit to find messaging you can use after March 1 to invite your friends to take the survey and to share their own stories on World Pulse.
- Offer a Resource: Do you know of resources or toolkits related to women and technology? Post it here for the community to access. We're also curating resources from a network of organizations that we'll share at the end of the campaign.
- Submitting your story on WorldPulse.com will be interpreted as your informed consent to participate and have your story inform a final report.
- If you share your story as a submission to World Pulse’s website, please keep in mind that your username and profile image will be public. If you would like to participate using an alias, you can create an account using an alias and avatar.
- By participating in our Call for Stories, your story will be self-published on World Pulse and you have the opportunity to be featured on our social media channels. World Pulse will make efforts to contact you to let you know if your story has been featured on social media. Please ensure that your email address associated with your account is up-to-date.
- All members who submit to the Call for Stories will be eligible to be selected by World Pulse as a Featured Storyteller. Featured Storytellers published on WorldPulse.com receive a 100 USD honorarium, editing support, the opportunity to be published by partner media outlets, and in our social media channels. In addition, Featured Storytellers who have their stories published both online and in the final report will receive a 300 USD honorarium.
- Members who are selected as Featured Storytellers will be notified via email or World Pulse private message. Please ensure that your email address associated with your account is up-to-date.
- Your participation in the survey is voluntary and you can withdraw your participation at any time. Completion of the survey will be interpreted as your informed consent to participate.
- For all survey respondents, efforts will be made to ensure your confidentiality. Your name and identifying characteristics will remain confidential and will not be included in any reports or presentations produced from this study, unless you agree to being identified.
- This research should not present any potential for risk beyond your normal, everyday activities. This survey does include questions related to experiences of online harassment. There is a chance your recollections may become personal and emotional. If you experience any emotional distress, you may stop the survey at any time. You may also wish to review relevant resources available here.
- Breach of confidentiality is always a risk with research conducted online. Efforts will be made to ensure your confidentiality. Your name and identifying characteristics will remain confidential and will not be included in any reports or presentations produced from this study, unless you agree to being identified.
- After the conclusion of this study, if chosen, your survey responses and some details included in your story may be included in results presented at public forums and meetings and/or published in reports. Data may also be used for future research. The project’s research records may be reviewed by departments at Emporia State University responsible for regulatory and research oversight.
- You may request a report of the results of the study by contacting [email protected].
“Deep within the mountains of my country we are women with the right to new technology..., women capable of transforming the world. Our ideas strengthen our organizations, families, and society.”
– Ucapantasma, World Pulse member, Nicaragua