AnitaB.org and TEQtogether present an online workshop that aims to help men rethink what more they can do to help empower women in and through digital technologies.
Despite the many initiatives that have sought to address gender digital inequality, it still persists and in many parts of the world is actually growing. One of the reasons for this is because many initiatives do not engage men centrally in altering their attitudes and behaviours that lead to the marginalisation and abuse of women through digital technologies. As part of our contribution to the Global EQUALS initiative, members of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and affiliated colleagues have therefore launched the TEQtogether initiative, to change men’s attitudes and behaviours. Working together with the London Chapter of AnitaB.org we invite you to participate in this two-part online workshop.
Who should participate?
The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in gender digital equality – as well as those who have never thought about this issue before. It is particularly intended for men who:
- Have never considered how their actions may cause gender digital inequality;
- Are in mid- or senior-management positions and are influencing company policies relating to diversity;
- Want to make an impact on gender digital equality;
- Are men wanting to know more about how to support the girls and women in their lives (sisters, nieces, daughters) who might be interested in careers in STEM.
Join Professor Tim Unwin, Dr Elizabeth Quaglia. Dr Chux Daniels and Paul Spiesberger in the discussion.
Professor Tim Unwin , Department of Geography, University of London
Tim Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D (since 2007) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015, and together with Liz Quaglia co-founded TEQtogether in 2018 to change men’s attitudes and behaviours to women and technology. His work concentrates broadly on the inequalities caused by digital technologies and what needs to be done to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised people can benefit from them. He was appointed CMG in 2016 for his services to the Commonwealth.
Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia, Senior Lecturer Royal Holloway University of London.
Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia is a Senior Lecturer in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London. Elizabeth is a cryptographer, and her research focusses on privacy for advanced protocols, digital democracy and gender and technology. In 2018, Elizabeth co-founded TEQtogether, an initiative aimed at changing men’s attitudes towards women and technology. She is also part of the EQUALS initiative and its research group, and an active member of Academics Without Bord.
Dr Chux Daniels, Research Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), University of Sussex.
Chux’s research connects STI and public policies in fostering transformative change that contributes to achieving sustainable development. His areas of interests include STI, policymaking, inclusive technology and innovation, capabilities, entrepreneurship, indicators and evaluation, and development. He is a member of the African Union Commission Monitoring & Evaluation Committee on STISA-2024. His recent research, policy, and consultancy projects include more than 10 African countries, the Caribbean, United Nations ESCAP, UNCTAD, and various private sector entities such as GSMA, and KPMG.
Paul Spiesberger, Researcher and Lecturer, INSO (the Research Group for Industrial Software
Paul Spiesberger graduated as a computer scientist with a focus on media informatics from the Vienna University of Technology, where he is currently also doing his PhD. He works with INSO (the Research Group for Industrial Software) as a researcher and lecturer in the field of mobile technologies and ICT4D. He is currently employed as a software developer for mobile technologies within a fast growing Austrian company. He has won several national and international awards for his innovative work at Os – a collective to tackle social issues through the use of ICTs. Paul has been the chairman of ICT4D.at since 2014 and in his spare time enjoys using his skills for the common good.
5.00 p.m. Welcome – Natasha Green – AnitaB.org Senior Local Communities Manager
5.05 p.m. Setting the scene – Dr Elizabeth Quaglia
5.15 p.m. Mind mapping exercise: how do men affect gender digital inequality? – Professor Tim Unwin
5.30 p.m. TEQtogether’s Guidance Notes Professor Tim Unwin and Dr Chux Daniels
5.40 p.m. Setting the collaborative exercise – Dr Elizabeth Quaglia and Professor Tim Unwin,
- Working together in groups of 5 people
- Self-selecting 2 of TEQtogether’s guidance notes (and associated background texts), and see how they could be improved
- Develop one new guidance note on a different theme (including background text, guidance note, and suggested reading)
- Submit to the organisers by evening of 31st May.
5.50 p.m. Questions and comments
6.00 p.m. Close
Spaces will be limited so be sure to register.