Women and the Knowledge Economy
Not only on International Women’s Day must we talk about women and the knowledge economy, and the fact that this context must be present all the time.
The government’s policy of promoting women’s participation in the national economy is a key factor in the development of the economy.
The knowledge economy is the effective mechanism that can be used to mobilize efforts, exchange information and empower women, but the capacity of the knowledge economy for social, political and economic rehabilitation will be achieved only when all parties concerned adequately address the dimensions of gender in regulatory frameworks and applications, which, as an inevitable result, will enhance women’s competitiveness, if the knowledge economy is more effectively and systematically employed by exploiting lost capacities and skills, and taking advantage of its economic contribution, which is still low (in Arab terms, and conditions) compared with the total population.
The relationship between the knowledge economy and education is vital, as it assumes that education will increase the spread of learning, thereby developing employment opportunities and mechanisms for both men and women. In addition, the development of the infrastructure and the continuation of innovation, creativity and transparency processes that lead to the proliferation of many opportunities for distance learning and training, as well as maintaining not only women, but also, all members of society, must be strengthened to further develop their knowledge and capacities.
We should be aware of the need to activate the knowledge economy methodology to function effectively and enhance women’s capacities, encouraging political parties and governments to better explain in their programmes how they intend to use the knowledge economy to respond equitably to the basic needs of women and
men. It also encourages the media to sponsor innovation programs, through video reports on the possibility of scientists serving the interests of society and meeting people’s basic needs, and on the effects of science on their lives, particularly the different effects of science and technology on men and women.
In the last part of this article, it should be noted that women benefit from a climate of innovation and creativity much less than men, and this is evident in the low level of women’s use of research and development, low participation in both technology production and policy formulation. This is due to several factors, most notably structural inequality, resource constraints and gender, including income, time, bias in education and various cultural elements. Family responsibilities and limited income for women also leave insufficient space and resources to access information outside their homes. In general, women and girls receive less education and training, especially in developing countries, and can therefore lack language and other skills to participate. And to talk the rest.
Author : Manahel Thabet
Published March 12, 2021
Al Bayan Newspaper