Across the world, we have, in recent times, seen a reawakening of women who have shown ability, willingness and determination to actively practice and work in business sectors and industries they had previously not been adequately represented in. From automobiles to agriculture and science to space technology, we have seen women increasingly take a keen interest in actively working in these sectors and industries.
The latest space to catch this butterfly is the technology space and to be more specific, Information and Communications Technology (ICT). However, the unpleasant irony is stark and glaring, as there is little to no gender balance and equity in the ratio of men to women who actively work in the tech space.
According to a 2012 youth survey report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in Nigeria young men are more likely to have a career in computer science and technology-related fields, when compared to women.
Another NBS report states that women make up, on average, just 22% of the total number of Engineering and Technology university graduates each year. What these data suggest is that while the technology boom in Nigeria is gradually reaching its zenith, the gender gap is equally rising.
Is the gender gap real? Across sub-sectors in the ICT space, are there remarkably high levels of gender inequality and disparity between men and women who play in these sub-sectors? What does the data say about the rate of women actively working in the tech space, when compared to their male counterparts?
The “Women in Tech Report 2021 by Proten International” attempted to source, gather and utilise data to provide answers to these and more questions surrounding the inclusion of women in the tech sector.
See below highlights from the report.