Women and the(ir) future of work in a globalised and digital world (SDG5)

26 September, 4:00 - 5:00 pm (CEST)

The fact that 12 percent fewer women than men have access to the internet and are also underrepresented in the tech sector points towards a digital gender divide existing in developed and developing contexts. (ITU, ICT Facts and Figures, 2016)

Putting SDG5 in relation to “the future of work” the webinar’s urging question consequently is: How can we achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in a globalised and digital world?

  • Looking ahead, one has to ask: What will the future of work look like and how are especially women and girls concerned? What challenges and what opportunities are likely to come up? What kind of action needs to be taken and by whom, to reach SDG5 in relation to the topic future of work?
  • Looking back, one can already find inspiring stories of young women who, despite sociocultural barriers, made their way into a career in the ICT and technology sector. We want to learn from these stories and therefore point towards opportunities as well as challenges they faced and still have to face.

Exchange on the issue with our two outstanding experts Abigail Hunt and Iffat Rose Gill! Join the web-seminar “Women and the(ir) future of work in a globalised and digital world (SDG5)” on 26 September from 4 – 5 pm (CEST) for free!

Target Group: Germany-Alumni and everyone interested in gender equality (SDG5) related to digitalisation, globalization and the future of work.

Experts: Abigail Hunt and Iffat Gill

Facilitation: Dr. Melanie Stilz

Web-seminar language: English

Duration: 1 hour

Our experts

  • Abigail Hunt Abigail Hunt
  • Iffat Gill Iffat Gill
  • Dr. Melanie Stilz Dr. Melanie Stilz

Abigail Hunt is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, where she leads research focused on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Her current work focuses on women’s experiences of new and emerging labour market trends, notably the gig economy and other forms of digitally-mediated work, and the intersection of women’s paid work with unpaid care and domestic work. Abigail has previously worked with Womankind Worldwide and the European Women’s Lobby in policy-focused roles, and as gender adviser to the Ministry of Women and the Secrétariat permanent des organisations non gouvernementales in Burkina Faso.

Iffat Gill is the founder of The Code To Change, an innovative initiative to bridge the gender and e-skills gap in the technology industry. She is an accomplished international NGO leader-activist, social innovator and digital strategist working on gender equality and economic empowerment of women through digital inclusion. With more than 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Iffat founded ChunriChoupaal as a training and capacity building initiative for the social and economic empowerment of women in remote areas of the world.
Iffat has been at the forefront of shaping the policy debate of women’s digital inclusion for close to a decade at grassroots and international level. She has advocated for the issue at the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society-WSIS Forum, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum and the European Parliament. Her project Community Technology Center for Women in Pakistan won the Syster's Award from the Anita Borg Institute.

Dr. Melanie Stilz (F) holds degrees in European Ethnology and Computer Science (M.A.) and Communication Studies (PhD). From 2005 until 2010 she worked for the Centre for International and Intercultural Communication (ZIIK) at TU Berlin, mostly responsible for managing technology and education related projects in Afghanistan. Since 2013 she is a research staff member at Technical University Berlin (TUB) at the institute for vocational education and work and technology studies. Since 2011 Melanie Stilz is working on a freelance basis as a consultant and researcher in the field of computer science, education and development cooperation. Previous cooperations include One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Afghanistan, Ustad Mobile (Mobile Literacy), GIZ, KfW, DAAD and others. She is a co-founder of Konnektiv.

September 2018


Abdul Sattar
11 October 2018

Most of the targets failed in the past because of ill actions of the rulers. The rule " Might is always Right" is always true for all. There are some other targets which are to be completed in different ways. Does UN works honestly ?
I pray and hope for this project.

Seynabou Fachinger
26 September 2018

Dear Seun Olutayo,
Thank you for your comment and for your interest in our webinar taking place today. Please feel warmly invited to join this interesting webinar with such a relevant topic. You just need to register for it by clicking on "register now" and following the instructions. Looking forward to maybe seeing you virtually later today. Regards, Seynabou Fachinger

Seun Olutayo
25 September 2018

Nice idea. Would be interested in joining this session

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