GENDER AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

Globally communities interpret biological differences between men and women to create a set of social expectations that define the behaviors that are ‘’appropriate’’ for men and women determine women and men’s different to rights , resources , power in society and health behaviors’, there are tendencies to favor men , this creates imbalance in power and gender inequality , Gender equality is about putting human rights first regardless of the sex and not placing , putting sex based social structures. This perceives gender roles find its way into the work space thereby creating so many imbalances. For there to be balance in any sector; Men and women should work together. There are laws that are silent about gender equality what’s worse is that it has become a major factor that annoys the future of work, It is the rights of women to become data scientists, software developers/Engineers and Artificial Intelligence specialists; Sadly this fields are largely dominated by men with no chance of shrinking the gender digital gap this is even more dangerous than we think, it is a ticking time bomb. There is a need to establish a clear mindset for gender equality in our work space to safe guide the future of work. 
What is the future work?
As technology pushes many entrepreneurs and startups towards a “new era of work”, we also face the impending reality of 2 billion jobs disappearing by 2030. So how will these changes affect women? 
There is already a wide gender gap in the workspaces and with the future of work Artificial intelligence is pivotal and a skill in ICT should be top on our priorities especially for women. Technology is revolutionizing the world by providing tools for entrepreneurship, access to critical health and education, and life-enhancing information. Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and the gap between the number of men and women using the internet has grown steadily over the past three years, resulting in a digital gender divide. This digital gender divide is reinforcing or even exacerbating existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. By reducing this divide, women and girls will have access to information, networks, and services, driving inclusive economic growth and accelerating poverty alleviation. ICT is a 21st century skills and having access to internet is not living in present day realities; 
To be able to reach gender parity, the gender digital gap must close up sufficient enough to safeguard the future of work. 
Gender and the future of works means if we don’t get more women in ICT we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable development goals and the Agenda 2063.
Gender inequality will continue to widen except gender digital gaps are bridged and the future of work depends on these. More women should be equipped with skills in ICT, the cost of not doing so, far out weights the cost and the advantages have been underused, while some states are increasing the months for maternity leave to show solidarity with women in child bearing, my preferred intervention will be to equipped these women with skills in ICT, so that they can still work from home and take care of babies so that productivity will not drop. 
For the sake of the future of work more women should be equipped with digital skills; the opportunity outweighs the disadvantages. Women skills should be harnessed to live in the present day’s realities and the future to come. So that if workers are being replaced by robots, women will create the robots.

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