Digital technology and gender dynamics in the workplace in Southeast Asia



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Session 5
Wed 09:00-10:30 REC A2.07

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Session 6
Wed 11:00-12:30 REC A2.07


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Digital technology is not impartial to gender. Recent research has highlighted that the introduction of digital technology in the workplace affects women more strongly than men, resulting in a greater number of days unemployed and lower working days (Genz and Schnabel 2023) and that “being a woman does make one less likely to be digitally included” (Galpaya and Zainudeen 2022, 4). In Southeast Asian countries, women have been more vulnerable to job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and policymakers have been asked to address digital gender inequalities as a key to promote more inclusive, economically thriving economies (Sey 2021, 34). COVID-19 has often acted as a magnifying glass that has reinforced existing inequalities. It has strongly transformed the way in which digital technology is used at the workplace. One of the consequences was the accelerated adoption of remote work, which brought with it the challenge of reconciling family care work with employment.
This laboratory explores the interplay between digital technology and gender dynamics in Southeast Asia’s workplace landscape.