The days of the place of women being in the kitchen or only the home is dead! But, it is a no-brainer. Women are go-getters. They have dreams and are willing to go all out to achieve these dreams. They are CEOs of billion-dollar companies, including General Motors, Best Buy, Citi Group, and Nasdaq.
Despite the increase in the number of women in leadership positions, a lot still needs to be done to achieve gender equality, especially in developing nations.
This does not mean that advanced nations have done a lot better. The United Nations attests to this. In a tongue-in-cheek post on its verified Instagram account, it said, “No country in the world has achieved gender equality, and no country will be able to achieve gender equality by 2030 based on current growth rates.”
By all indications, in 2030, discrimination and violence against girls and women will still be happening. There will be no equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life. Also, there would be no sound policies and enforceable legislation to promote gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.
This is quite a grim situation even though women and girls represent about half of the world’s population. The unfortunate reality is that Africa and other developing countries would be the most affected parts of the world. The statistics are clear.
The UN Women says that women in sub-Saharan Africa collectively spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water. Per week, women in Guinea collect water for 5.7 hours, compared to 2.3 hours for men; in Sierra Leone, women spend 7.3 compared to 4.5 hours for men; and in Malawi, this figure is 9.1 compared to 1.1 hours. This significantly impacts women’s employment opportunities.
According to global statistics quoted by the UN Women, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent), and urban boys (60 percent). Visit https://zwarttalent.org/9-goals-for-1-vision/ to read about 9 Goals For 1 Vision.
Another recent example is ongoing in Afghanistan. The Central Asian country was recently overrun and taken over by the Taliban. With the Taliban in power, women and girls have little to no rights. For example, girls and female teachers have been barred from attending schools while other working women have been asked to stay at home until proper systems are established. This is a considerable setback to achieving gender equality.
With situations like this prevalent worldwide, it is not surprising that the United Nations opines that it is difficult for countries to achieve gender equality.
Amidst this gloom in a dark tunnel, there is a shining light. A platform that is working assiduously to promote gender equality. That is the Zwart Talent Foundation.
The Zwart Talent Foundation, an initiative of Zwarttech, aims to create a just and equal world by empowering the underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented population with digital skills that will allow them to compete in the global marketplace.
We do this through Zwart Academy, Zwart Recruit, and Zwart Hub. Zwart Academy is the edtech arm of Zwarttalent. The Academy trains young people between the ages of 15 and 22 in cybersecurity, software development, and other relevant digital skills for six months.
Upon completing the training program, they move on to a one-year internship with Zwarttech, where they will work on projects and gather experience. Afterward, they become junior software engineers and start earning. Thus, our approach to education is not only efficient but also quick.
The most exciting part of the Academy is that 70% of admission into the Zwart Academy is reserved for young women. This will not only promote gender equality but also get more women into the tech world where there is a shortage.
With Zwart Recruit, we connect highly skilled senior software developers to international jobs. We already linked hundreds of candidates to different international positions and, they are earning good pay working remotely.
The last is Zwart Hub, our entrepreneurial hub where we incubate and support students who want to establish startups and businesses. We provide mentorship, training, and soft skills that will get them started. Again, for us, women and gender-related projects are a priority.
Gender imbalance is a social menace that won’t disappear overnight. As such, any action taken to fight this problem should be supported via funding and partnerships. This way, we can all work together to find a lasting and innovative solution to gender inequality in all facets of life.