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AMITI, Babbel and CIU Combat Micromachism in the Technology Sector

  • Violence against women is a widespread problem in Mexico, but its scope is also global.
  • In Mexico, between 2016 and 2018, the perception of sexist violence was 79.4%, according to Inegi.
  • More than 75% of women in the technology sector reported experiencing micromachismo at work at least once.
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Violence against women is a widespread problem in Mexico, but it is also global in scope ranging from microsystems to physical violence. In fact, only in the country, between 2016 and 2018, the perception of sexist violence was 79.4%, according to data from Inegi.

In various fields of work, women are in the minority and face hostility at the workplace to move up to better positions. For example, in technology alone, there are about two women for every eight men working in this field.

In fact, violence begins with language, where it manifests itself with micromachismos, the origin of ever-stronger forms of aggression against women. Faced with this problem, Babel—the platform for language learning—joined forces with the consulting firm The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU) and the Mexican Association of the Information Technology Industry (AMITI) to build and combat language microscopes. Went.

As a result of the survey conducted by CIU, among men and women, 64.6% of Mexican women in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector experienced or witnessed matchstick situations in their work environment through micro-machismo.

“Most of the respondents to the survey were men and many were not aware of micromachismos because of the phrases they use,” said Marianna Perez-Vargas, leader of the Amity Women’s Technology Committee.

What is micromychismo that affects women?

Micromachismos are phrases, expressions, gestures and behaviors that reinforce the position that men are considered superior to women. It is a form of violence that affects the dignity of women as compared to men.

According to the survey results, “Micromachismo is a reality in our field, as two out of three women have faced some form of this violence in their work environment.”

According to the survey data, these manifestations of violence are reflected in:

  • Sexist language and expressions, 22%
  • I harbor inappropriate comments, 22%
  • abuse of power, 12%
  • Lack of economic and development opportunities for women, such as the labor gap, 16%
  • Difficulty in career growth, 13%

In some cases, despite being aware of this type of manifestation, men in the region maintain these subtle mechanisms. “The survey was online and transversal, with men and women aged 18 to 65 participating nationally; Not only from companies, but also from universities and NGOs. We saw that there are phrases they know (that are wrong) but now they give it a name”, said Marisa Manzilla, CIU’s creative field coordinator.

These are the most common practices of micromachismo in technology.

According to the results, more than 75% of those surveyed reported having experienced conditions of micromachismo at least once at work. The most common manifestations of this violence were:

  • Mansplaining: Underestimating or underestimating a woman’s understanding of an issue
  • to obstruct: to obstruct a woman
  • Bropiating: Taking credit for a woman’s achievement

Men do, however, show that respondents have shown a willingness to understand and learn to avoid these situations. “Men in the ICT sector currently feel comfortable addressing or discussing issues of gender equality in the workplace,” the study said.

However, 50% of those surveyed were unaware of the concept of micromachismo and the terms used to describe the practices that segregate women in the region.

What to do to eliminate micromychismos?

One way to combat masculinity in the work environment is through the integration of diversity committees. Senior management should implement training and develop broad leadership to address the issue and create opportunities with equity.

“More than 50% of those surveyed believe that change in companies and organizations in the ICT sector should begin with a personal reflection of desire”. This is in favor of changing the environment and not only for the development of women in the region but also in favor of respect and equal treatment, the study concluded.

Participating organizations seek to replicate the study within a year to measure progress and continue to promote a life free of subjugation and other violence against women.

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