Nora Lindström, Global Lead for Digital Development Plan International
‘As the technology sector continues to grow, an ever greater number of well paid, stimulating and impactful roles are opening up. However, women are under-represented in roles within tech. In cloud computing, just 12% of professionals are women. Similarly, in engineering and Data and AI, the numbers are 15% and 26% respectively (The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020). By choosing a career in ICT, young women will not only gain access to attractive roles, but also take their rightful place in shaping the future.
As societies become increasingly digitalised, technology plays an ever bigger role in driving societal shifts. Young women choosing a career in ICT will be able to influence change and ensure what’s being developed reflects the interests and challenges faced by girls and women, half of the world’s population.’
Caroline Htay, Chief Business Officer, Telenor Myanmar
‘Firstly, ICT is about the most exciting industry out there thanks to just how dynamic and fast-moving it is. Think about it: ICT impacts almost every part of our lives (especially in critical periods such as those we’re living through now). Today especially, ICT plays a pivotal role in how people work, talk and learn. Almost daily, I see exciting new types of jobs within ICT popping up that didn’t exist yesterday
In Myanmar, ICT is still in its infancy and more than 90% of the senior leaders here are male. The same goes for many of the senior leaders. But Myanmar knows how to move fast and change fast. Just look how we leapfrogged in our mobile use from zero to 4G in just 1,000 days. I think it’s time for the same leapfrogging in the ICT sector where more and more women are take their place at the cutting edge of the country’s tech development. Now who wouldn’t want to be part of that?’