Women and digital divide in developing nations: Expression of views and verdicts during code reviews: Review Paper Abstract (Sample 3)

19 Oct

Women and digital divide in developing nations: Expression of views and verdicts during code reviews: Review Paper Abstract (Sample 3)


Personal experiences, global expressions, and the many studies have suggested that male dominance in a software organization has often oppressed the females from being positive critiques, reviewers, and verdicts when writing or finalizing a code. The software or coding suggestions and opinions raised by females are often unheard during the code writing session due to the gender-biased clichés of choosing or supporting a male voice over females. This is a routine expression when you peep into a software development organization globally irrespective of being a developed or a developing nation. There is huge number of negative workplace experiences were females have been oppressed from sharing opinions while writing codes or for the final call of verdicts. Previously studies have been conducted by evaluating the participation of females in Free/Libre/ Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects where the female contributors were hardly 2% to 5%. The actual reasons behind this were the cultural and social aspects of FLOSS projects which excluded women from the project. 

Workspace vibes have been studied in the case of men and women and how they were treated by their colleagues. Words like anger and disgust were the prime expressions from their male colleagues while the males never felt such an ambiance in their workspace. Hence verbal abuses are a common part of their workspace where they are considered and made to believe that their opinion on technical and software development driven aspects weighs very low that a male’s opinion. The females have also been evaluated on bases on expressing in their workspace which was far lower than they do on social media was guided by the fact that a female showcasing here view on a project or projecting opinions on related projects are judged and suppressed therefore they keep silent on such issues. My paper has listed the factors and solutions which must be considered to investigate the socio-cultural norms and support the role of females in tech-driven fields. Studies have shown how women in developing nations have lower participation in the technologies due to less support from their families and suppressing notions by society. The role of women in society is majorly marked by the household responsibilities imposed on them and they are often stifled to pursue a career or explore the digital avenues. As per the studies conducted in developed nations when women were open to the digital and internet technologies then they were visibly aware of their benefits, rights, communal standards, developments and too wide ranges of their subjective human rights. As per the current scenario, gender disparities have cut down the participation of women in online education, hindered the involvement in digital access and access to the digital global society. 

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