Women and Standards International Women’s Day 8 March 2023 DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

The latest available Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 data show that the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030 see the report Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2022. A gender-responsive approach to innovation, technology and digital education can increase the awareness of women and girls regarding their rights and civic engagement. The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) recognizes and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. IWD 2023 will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities. The event will also spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence, read more here.

Women in Australia can influence standards by participating on Standards Australia Technical Committees. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) report When one size does not protect all: understanding why gender matters for standardization (2020), demonstrates how standards affect gender, particularly when it comes to safety issues. Diversity and inclusion are key elements for the development of standards. They help create a world where everyone is represented regardless of race or gender. The Consumers’ Federation of Australia CFA Standards Project supports volunteer representatives to standards committees. By getting involved you can ensure products and services meet your expectations and address everyday problems — lending your experience, insights, and perspectives into how a standard will affect you and the people around you.

More information from standards@consumeraction.org.au.