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Digital technology is revolutionizing the world by broadening access to information, services, networks and opportunities. Across developing countries, mobile is the primary way most people access the internet. For women, access to the internet is critical to reaching their full economic potential. However, in low to middle income countries, 300 million fewer women than men use mobile internet. The internet user gap is as high as 70% in some countries.
Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world. Yet the persistent gender digital divide is reinforcing, and even exacerbating, existing socioeconomic gaps between men and women. While some studies show the gender gap decreasing, others show just the opposite. What is the true state of the gender digital divide? Can technology address the technology gap? In some cases, yes. This panel will look at how technology can be used to change restrictive gender norms, address literacy and digital literacy, and create new algorithms for sustainable gender equity.
Join us for a conversation about this divide, recent improvements, and where advancement is still needed.
This is the first event in our Series on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.