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The role of socio-cultural factors in closing the digital gender gap
13 Dec 2019 -  In Internet access and use, a substantial divide persists between women and men and between girls and boys. For example, the latest statistics from ITU Facts and Figures 2019 show that the proportion of women using the Internet globally is 48 per cent, compared to 58 per cent of men. In relative terms, this means that the global Internet user gap is 17 per cent. In developing countries, the digital gender divide is wider and growing faster. When women and girls have access to the Internet and the skills to use information and communication technologies (ICTs), among the benefits are that it gives them the opportunity to start new businesses, sell products to new markets, find better-paid jobs and access education as well as health and financial services. It is also a key gateway towards being able to be creators and not only consumers of technology and to adapt and succeed in an increasingly digital age.

This session will explore why and how such issues are being taken into account and addressed in gender and tech initiatives. The session will present good practices and lessons learned in this area by governments, businesses, NGOs, academia and UN entities through their efforts to close the digital gender gap.