Today is the International Day against Violence against Women. It was set up by the United Nations in 1999 to turn the spotlight on a phenomenon that was in danger of being overwhelmed: gender-based violence.
It is also a day that reminds us that gender equality is still a long way off, despite enormous progress.
On the subject of gender equality and women’s empowerment, it is worth looking at the numbers in the cryptocurrency sector and the blockchain. It may seem like a purely male sector, but in fact a Coinmarketcap report shows that the number of women using cryptocurrents is growing sharply, particularly in Europe (+58.5%) and in some states such as Greece and Romania.
This is a growth, that of women who invest in cryptocurrency, which is 43% globally and includes the youngest age group, between 18 and 24.
Women’s blockchain projects
Global Women in Blockchain is one of the best-known projects in the industry. It is a non-profit organization that wants to use the strength of women to promote and disseminate blockchain projects. Its aim is to support women in technology and blockchain at the same time.
Leading this association is Nina Nichols, from Resolution Research, while the vice president is Liza Horowitz, Chief Marketing Officer of IOHK (the company behind Cardano’s development).
A similar project is Blockchain Ladies, by Caterina Ferrara, ICO Advisor and Blockchain strategy consultant. This is an initiative that has recently celebrated three years. It is a community dedicated to women who share a passion for cryptocurrency and blockchain.
The project was created to encourage gender equality in a sector that at the beginning seemed to be predominantly male. In fact, it reads the manifesto:
„In the field of finance and trade it is often difficult for women to even have the chance to be seen in the foreground, but we are ready to change the situation by eliminating the idea that blockchain and trading are just a „man’s game“. Women can and want to get to the top, making their money work for them. We believe in the power of Blockchain technology as a great tool to live in a transparent, efficient and fairer world.
Among other initiatives around the world, it is worth mentioning CryptoChicks: born from a meetup in Toronto (Canada), it has become an international organization present in 56 countries. Its aim is to spread the culture of blockchain among women, and it boasts of having trained hundreds of women who have now started a career in the sector.
All these projects have one thing in common: the belief that women are second to none, even less in the blockchain sector. It is worth remembering this on a day like today, when we commemorate the many women who died because they were considered inferior or owned by someone.