Race, Gender and Identity

Race

In the West, we often bring prejudice with regards to Africa instead of recognising its potential for collaborating and encouraging each other's strengths which in time eventually will help eliminate each other's weaknesses. In Africa, as well as other less economically developed countries, the increasing birth rate is exceeding the economic growth which means more and more people will be born into poverty. Whereas, in the West, the population is declining, and specifically Europe, there is an aging workforce. This is further heightened with an increasing need for IT Experts due to our new digital economy, meaning there will be many IT jobs available in the western world that cannot be filled. In less economically developed countries, such as Nigeria, because of the low standard of living and the vast young population, including its proximity and closeness in culture and time zone, Africa seems to be a perfect fit for this problem.

Therefore, when we speak about race we intend to promote inclusivity and diversity within our global economy. This requires Western companies, to include those all over the globe, to overcome each other's weaknesses and recognise that in order to prosper we must come together, regardless of race.

Gender

In terms of Gender, women around the world spend more than twice as many hours as men doing unpaid work such as childcare and household chores, and over 113 countries do not even have laws to ensure equal pay for equal work among women and men. Whereas, we hope to recognise the strength in gender equality, in particular within the workforce. Research has shown that businesses and nonprofits that actively support gender equality tend to make better business decisions — and ultimately make more money. Research shows that inclusive teams make better business decisions up to 87% of the time, and that teams with less diversity are more likely to make poor choices for their companies.

This in particular is relevant to the IT world, according to a global software developer survey in 2021, 91.67% software developers were male and female developers amounted to only 5.31 percent of all respondents, demonstrating the extent of the male-dominating reality of the software development and the IT industry. We specifically have shone a light on these issues in Nicaragua and its technology scene, where internet penetration is under 20% which in turn makes technological innovations and applications very slow and difficult. Whereas Nicaragua has a large young population from low-income households and a lack of access to technology.

Research also confirms that women are capable to flourish within the logistical sectors due to their following attributes: ability to multitask and high levels of empathy. And although it has been considered a mascluine sector, we see its potential to progress, irrespective of gender.

Thus, for us, gender inclusivity, in particular within the workforce, is crucial to ensure the success of entities across the world as well as combat gender inequality and bridge the current gap.

Identity

Identity is a set of characteristics that allows you to be definitively and uniquely recognisable. Identity plays an important role in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society. We therefore stand by inclusivity for those who identify as/ are a member of one or more of the following: physically or mentally disabled, an ethnic group, LGBTQ+ community, a religion or an age group.

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