Gender based discrimination is pervasive around the globe, although it is expressed in different ways in different cultures. Equally diverse is the capacity to resist, overcome or transform disempowering norms, beliefs and social structures. And while information and communication technologies and the networked world offer increasingly innovative ways for connection, mobilization and resistance, the same tools are often implicated in the perpetuation of old and new forms of discrimination and victimization.
The UNU Institute in Macau Gender Tech Lab explores the gendered dimensions of the digital age in different societies, and seeks new impactful ways to use data, theory and practice to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The broad research agenda of the Lab is to understand how the use of ICTs can be leveraged to tackle urgent gender problems such as: gender based violence, forced labor and other forms of modern slavery; as well as institutionalized forms of gender discrimination such as unequal educational opportunities, wage and leadership gaps. In addition. to identifying how women and girls in general can improve their access to, effective use of and creative capacities with ICTs for self and community empowerment, the Gender Tech Lab also explores the intersection of gender and technology within specific marginalized populations, such as migrants or rural women in low-income countries with a view to support their progress towards an enhanced quality of life. Finally, all research at UNU Institute in Macau seeks to mainstream gender into its activities, to work towards gender justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment.