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Gender & Diversity

What does a gender-equal project environmental look like?

How do we create a gender-equal IT project environment? Gender and diversity efforts could stall if goals are too difficult to achieve in practice.

As such, it is important to try to achieve change through practical action and personal reflection. It is also important that the project’s needs guide the integration of gender equality and diversity work.

SATIN has created an app with a checklist for practical gender mainstreaming. Download the app here.

The checklist in Swedish (PDF).

Design

The SATIN project’s gender equality and diversity group focused on supporting the design work. The aim was that the SATIN platform’s design should promote self-confidence and reflection so that it would attract a broader group of users. The platform is intended to be both appealing and inclusive, although it was designed with a focus on needs, rather than on women per se. Important steps in the project included the basic process of building support for the project and Umeå University’s recruitment of a postgraduate student to the design group who had experience of both computer science and gender issues.

Link to the presentation “Jämna appar” by Annika Olofsdotter Bergström (Swedish/English).

User Participation

The gender and diversity perspective has been helped SATIN with user participation.

  • How do we attract a broader group of people to develop apps?
  • How do we address both men’s and women’s realities?
  • How do we recruit people to user workshops?
  • How do we ensure that the recruitment material is appropriate from a gender and diversity perspective?
  • How do we select users for our user workshops?
  • What should we do to ensure we aren’t preserving stereotypical ideas?
  • How should we analyse the results from our user workshops?

Business Development

How can gender equality and diversity perspectives support business development?
How can you ensure that the product is inclusive?
How do you ensure diversity within the target group?

Measuring Gender Equality

A tool for measuring the effects of integrated gender equality and diversity efforts in IT project environments is currently under development. The tool is being developed as part of the Mäta Jämt project in collaboration with CDT and Gender and Innovation at LTU and Finland’s University of Oulu. Link to the Mäta Jämt project.

DiversityIndex is a method used to measure and optimise workplace efficiency and innovation. Link to DiversityIndex.

Pitfalls

Master suppression techniques are conscious and unconscious strategies used to assume power over others. If we are aware of such techniques, there is a greater chance that we will recognise them when they arise within the project group and that we will react to and deal with them thoroughly. Read more about master suppression techniques here.

Reference: Karin Kjellberg & Katarina Olsson, 2005, http://www.ur.se/mb/pdf/handledningar/51431_Var_fick.pdf (in Swedish)