Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality
Sweden has generally become better at eliminating the ridiculous tragedy that a woman should be worth less than a man. That a woman’s vote is worth less than a man’s and such cant. But we still have some way to go. Sweden still has differences in some areas, particularly when we talk about positions of power and salaries. But if we expand our horizon a little and look beyond our borders, we quickly see that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Forced child marriage, trafficking, violence, threats and oppression can be found in many places.
The global goals have a number of sub-goals that tackle the physical oppression of women in many countries. With pressure on political leaders, financial aid for education and, in some cases, actual on-the-spot engagement, the aim is to eliminate these bad habits. For that, unfortunately, is exactly what they are. Customs and traditions that go from one generation to the next. We as adults, parents and individuals must take our responsibility in order for young people to understand the importance of gender equality.
What can we do?
First and foremost, dare to speak out! If you hear anyone talking degradingly about women or men, speak out! It’s actually quite amusing to see someone’s jaw drop when they make a comment that doesn’t belong in Sweden in 2019 and you speak out. You can also get involved in organisations that help spread awareness in countries where, for example, the female population is undereducated.
What is Cybercom doing?
Cybercom actively seeks to bring more women into the IT industry to make it more equal. I have chosen two examples of when we do exactly that.
We are a founding partner of Women in Tech and are involved for the third consecutive year. Women in Tech is an event that aims to inspire talented women to consider a future in the technology industry and to inspire women who are already in the industry to stay. Read more about Women in Tech
There are many different factors behind the low proportion of women in the IT industry. Cybercom has developed True Colors, an app to demonstrate how external attributes affect people’s perception of each other. Using a filmed social experiment, Cybercom wants to highlight the problem of unconscious prejudice and the importance of diversity in the IT industry. Read more about True Colors.