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NZ Business - - INSIGHT -

“In the fu­ture, there will be no fe­male lead­ers. There will just be lead­ers.” – Sh­eryl Sand­berg.

The value of gen­der equal­ity in busi­ness is yet to be seen, and we need to make our ef­forts count and be heard to pro­mote stronger busi­ness per­for­mance and to en­gage and in­spire our col­leagues, teams, sons, and daugh­ters.

We may live in a devel­oped coun­try but, like oth­ers, the per­sis­tent gen­der gap sug­gests that so­lu­tions must be found and im­ple­mented.

Dig­i­tal flu­ency, and the ex­tent that peo­ple use dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies to be­come more knowl­edge­able, con­nected and im­pact­ful, is help­ing to close the gen­der gap and level the play­ing field for women at work.

While this is only one factor help­ing close the gen­der gap in the work­place there is grow­ing ev­i­dence that it is a key factor and acts as an ac­cel­er­a­tor in ev­ery stage of our ca­reers – both in our em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion prospects, and in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as women ad­vance into lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

Ac­cen­ture ran some re­search re­cently that ranked more than 30 coun­tries in terms of dig­i­tal flu­ency and gen­der equal­ity. More than 5,000 peo­ple were sur­veyed about their use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion, ca­reer and women’s ad­vance­ment at their work­places. In­ter­net us­age by coun­try was also mea­sured. The data ex­am­ples how tech-savvy women are com­pared to men and how that tech­ni­cal/dig­i­tal acu­men is help­ing drive pos­i­tive changes in ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, and ca­reer ad­vance­ment.

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