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Forum puts spotlight on women in tech

Updated: 2021-10-25 11:03 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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The Rising Women Tech Talent Forum, which focuses on the careers of women who work in the computer industry, was held in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province on Thursday.

Held by UN Women China, the Jiangsu Association of Artificial Intelligence and the Association of Women Entrepreneurs among others, the forum welcomed more than 80 experts, scholars and entrepreneurs to discuss topics like women's influence on computer education, advantages and challenges for women to start businesses and the careers of female scholars who study AI.

Smriti Aryal, head of the office of UN Women China, said she supports a project to promote more women to engage in AI implemented by the Jiangsu Association of Artificial Intelligence. According to her the low proportion of female scientists and decision-makers will perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices against women, which is harmful to women and the entire society. She hopes Jiangsu will lead more places in China and the whole world to pay attention to gender equality in the AI industry.

Professor Zhang Ming at Peking University analyzed the reasons for the low number of women in the computer industry and provided suggestions to solve this issue.

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