Johannesburg, 27 January – UN Women held a breakfast discussion on Women in Technology on 27 January 2015 in Johannesburg, with the support of UNIC Pretoria. UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was joined by Honourable Susan Shabangu, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, other government officials and women leaders in science and technology.
The topic of discussion centred around women in technology and the various ways of supporting the next generation in South Africa and globally in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Panelists highlighted the importance of technology for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, expressed the need for more women to be actively supported to pursue careers in the male-dominated South African technology space. She also indicated that much of the future job growth is projected in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics hence the importance for more women, especially girls, to take up such subjects.
There were engaging discussions that included the youth, women in technology and experts in the various fields of technology.