Last week, Swedish debate and editorial writers discussed, among other things, the connection between digitization and gender equality. Photo: Pexels.

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Week 10: Debaters address digitization as a vital part of the gender equality issue

During the last week, many debate and editorial writers focused on women's rights in conjunction with International Women's Day on March 8. Several debaters discussed digitization and gender equality as it was the main issue discussed at the meeting of the UN Commission on Women (CSW) in New York on 10 March. 

- Digitization can be linked to gender equality and it is important that more women get access to the digital world, writes Ulrika Grandin and Paulina Modlitba from UN Women Sweden in the newspaper Omvärlden in connection with International Women's Day on March 8 and the UN Women's Commission meeting.

Despite the fact that the world is globalized and the internet has become a "commonly" used tool in many people's everyday lives, it is still men who have the most access to digitization in marginalized areas, Ulrika Grandin and Paulina Modlitba point out.

- Solutions to "the gender digital divide" must also focus on changes to institutions and societies in terms of gender stereotypical norms, they write.

Even the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, emphasizes the importance of an equal society even in the digital world in a debate article in Aftonbladet. He also focuses on the importance of breaking gender stereotypical norms by encouraging decision makers to include women in contexts related to science and technology.

- They should be creative, broaden the recruitment channels and employ people with competence. And they must be persistent. Equality will not happen by itself; it must be prioritized and pursued, he writes.

Representatives from Kamratdataföreningen Constellationen writes in Dagens ETC that digital surveillance should also be recognized as part of equal digitization and women's rights. They bring up abortion legislation in the United States as an example, where the police can use user data to prosecute women who want to have abortions. They believe that Sweden should have clear legislation that makes it impossible to use digital media in this way. They also raise the proposal of "Chat Control 2.0", a system that makes it possible to collect all information about public chats in order to be able to track criminal behavior, as an example of the beginning of a surveillance system.

- The big problem is the shift in purpose, that the technology will most likely be used for other purposes in the future, then usually with less heart-worthy motives, they write.

Digitization and gender equality

Digitization – hope and threat for feminism 

Ulrika Grandin, director of operations UN Women Sweden; Paulina Modlitba, board member UN Women Sweden, Omvärlden

Digitization drives hatred against women  

António Guterres, UN Secretary General, Aftonbladet

Fighting mass surveillance is a feminist issue of destiny

Kamratdataföreningen Constellationen, Dagens ETC

Women's rights

Now the right to abortion must be protected in the constitution

Ulf Kristersson (M), Expressen

Defending women's rights more important than ever

Marta Chumalo, Women's perspectives Ukraine, Olof Palme Laureate 2023 and others, Aftonbladet 

Don't let the climate become a women's issue

Maria Soxbo and Emma Sundh, co-founder Klimatklubben and others, Aftonbladet

Don't forget the women's freedom struggle in Afghanistan

Juma lomani Hazar, activist, ETC

Mimosa in memory of women's suffrage

Mary Jacky, montessori educator and project manager, Svenska Dagbladet

The Social Democrats bear a heavy responsibility for the failed equality. 

Paulina Brandberg (L), Minister for Gender Equality and Deputy Minister for Labor Markets, etc., Sydsvenskan 

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