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Empowering women: Embracing the digital era

Apr 19, 2017

Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad
Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad

On Thursday 4th May we're excited to welcome Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad for the first event in our Women’s Voice speaker series. Dr Sharifah Zarah is the Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and will be sharing her extensive expertise in a special talk around the importance of digital fluency* for women.

Dr Sharifah Zarah has a truly fascinating career background; her work as a social planner and gender expert has meant she’s been actively involved in advancing gender equality both at national and international levels. She has been a spokesperson and negotiator at various United Nations summits and actively pursues her passion for empowering women in communications, innovation and digital economy. You can read her full biography here.

Although over 95 per cent of jobs today have a digital component, the digital gender gap persists. Using her knowledge and experience, Dr Sharifah Zarah will discuss how women can excel in today's digital world. The session will be conducted in an interactive and engaging manner. Participants are encouraged to share their knowledge, insights and experiences on women’s issues and challenges, in all spheres of their lives (particularly in the digital era).

Women’s Voice Chair Dr Kirsty Fairclough said: “This is the first talk in our speaker series and it is a huge honour to welcome Dr Sharifah Zarah to the University for this special Women’s Voice session.

"Women’s digital inclusion is crucial in empowering them both as beneficiaries of development as well as drivers of change towards social and economic equality. The Women’s Voice team is organising a diverse range of inspirational women to speak to staff and students here at Salford about their career journeys - stay tuned for much more to come.”

The session will take place on Thursday 4th May (1-2.30pm). We are anticipating that spaces for this event will go quickly so colleagues are advised to book their free place at their next available opportunity. All colleagues and students are welcome. 

Please click here to reserve your place.

* What is digital fluency?

Digital fluency involves using technologies readily and strategically to learn, to work, and to play.

Broadly speaking, digital fluency is a combination of:

·  digital, or technical, proficiency: able to understand, select and use the technologies and technological systems

·  digital literacy: cognitive or intellectual competencies, which include being able to read, create, evaluate and make judgements and apply technical skills while doing so

· social competence, or dispositional knowledge: the ability to relate to others and communicate with them effectively.

Read more about digital fluency here