On 18 June, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) hosted the “Bridging the gender gap in digital, research and industry: what is the way forward?” workshop.
Following the introductory words from MEP and Chair Cristain Buşoi and MEP Josianne Cutajar, speakers from three panels could discuss various aspects of the gender gap in the ongoing digital transition and the shortage of women in STEM in the EU.
Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, Chairwoman at the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and Digital Leadership Institute, Belgium and Caroline Lair, Founder of The Good AI, co-founder of Women in AI France, as members of the 2nd and 3rd panel, emphasised the unevenly distributed uptake of new technologies between genders.
However, focus was also given to the opportunity of using the AI revolution as a tool to fight gender bias rather than letting it exacerbate the already existing ones.
The closing Q&A sessions highlighted the fact that meeting SDG5 objectives requires “gender equality [to] be the leading principle for the digital transition”.
You can watch the recording of the workshop here.