II Conference for Digital Gender Equality

  • Office of the Principal
  • May 7th, 2021
 

The Chair for Digital Gender Gap has held the II Conference for Digital Gender Equality, which analysed the existing challenges to achieve digitalisation. The results of the 2020 Chair for Digital Gender Gap Report were also presented.

The Chair for Digital Gender Gap held the II Conference for Digital Gender Equality, which focused on the analysis of the existing challenges to achieve digitalisation for everyone through the improvement of their digital skills, particularly for women and especially those in vulnerable situations.

The second edition of the conference took place entirely online and was kicked off by the principal of the University of Valencia, M. Vicenta Mestre, and the Valencian minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Carolina Pascual.

Afterwards, the participants attended different scheduled activities, such as the talk given by the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carmen Artigas, and the results presentation of the 2020 Chair for Digital Gender Gap report, which concluded that the digital divide continues to exist in the Valencian Community and that such differences are even greater when we consider women in vulnerable situations.

The conference continued with a round table focused on the analysis of the existing challenges to achieve digitalisation for everyone through the improvement of their digital skills. Pilar Almenar, journalist and director of the #Imprimidas project; José A. Estévez, Technology and Social Innovation manager at Ayuda en Acción; M. Fernanda Jaramillo, director of Social & Tech and Vicente A. Querol, director of the Chair of Geographical Digital Gap, were the speakers.

The conference was led by the director of the chair, Silvia Rueda, and ended with the closing speech by the general director for the Fight against the Digital Gap, María Muñoz, and the vice-principal for Innovation and Transfer, M. Dolores Real.


Chair for Digital Gender Gap

The Chair for Digital Gender Gap, hosted by the University of Valencia, will start its activity in October 2020 as a result of the agreement with the Valencian government, in order to address the existing digital gap between men and women in the Valencian Community.

The Chair is part of a broader project linked to the Digital Gap Observatory of the Valencian Community, which coordinates the joint work of different universities to achieve a common goal: to narrow the digital gap. To this end, five chairs have been created in each Valencian public university:

- Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Chair of Geographical Digital Gap. 
- University Miguel Hernández (UMH), Chair of the Digital Divide and Proper Use of ICT.
- Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Chair for Digital Gap and Functional Diversity.
- University of Valencia (UV), Chair for Digital Gender Gap.
- University of Alacant (UA), Chair for Generational Digital Gap.

The Digital Gap Observatory of the Valencian Community was created in 2019 within the Directorate General for the Fight against the Digital Gap. Its aim is to analyse, among other aspects, the digital gap situation in the Valencian Community, quantitatively and qualitatively, in terms of use, acquisition of digital skills and proper use of ICT.

It also studies the territorial distribution of this problem and the indicators determined by public policies for the advancement of digital society and the fight against the digital gap of the Valencian government, which depend on the Regional Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Science and Advancement of the Digital Society.

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