By Zaheema Iqbal & Muhammad Khurram Khan
It is accepted all over the world that women’s empowerment cannot be achieved having gender gaps in women’s unpaid and paid work. In this regard, women in the cyber industry have no exception to it. Studies suggest that women represent 23.5% of the global cyberworkforce. In this regard, the recent initiative of ‘Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP)’ by the US Government is a stepping-stone towards the global women empowerment, which aims at supporting 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. This initiative has three pillars; women prospering in the workforce, women succeeding as entrepreneurs, and women enabled in the economy. This policy brief explores the opportunities for global women to work and excel in the cybersecurity field after the announcement of the US initiative.
About the author(s)
Zaheema Iqbal is a researcher at the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. She has completed M.Phil International Relations, from National Defence University. Her areas of interest are cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber security, cyber threats and cyber vulnerabilities.
Muhammad Khurram Khan
Muhammad Khurram Khan is the Founder and CEO of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. His research focuses on Cybersecurity from the policy, technology and academic perspectives. His detailed profile can be visited on his personal website at http://www.professorkhurram.com