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Gender Digital Divide

Over the last decades, our society has been confronted with the problem of a digital divide. The interactions between the members of society and technology have multiplied considerably in a phenomenon known as the "digital revolution". Access to information and communication technologies (ICT) has become an essential part of our lives and a fundamental aspect of our world at all levels, including political, economic, and social.


Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this technology; this is where the term "digital divide" comes into play. There is an ever-widening gap in access and use between members of our community, due to factors related to social class, age group, geography, and other factors. However, the main factor we will be looking at is gender and how it creates an indisputable digital divide.


Gender equality is not only a basic human right, it is also the key to a prosperous, modern economy that delivers sustainable and inclusive growth. Gender equality is essential for both men and women to be able to contribute fully to the improvement of the betterment of society and the economy as a whole.


Gender segregation prevents us from achieving prosperity and equality for all, including the gender digital divide. According to UN Women, "the gender gap in internet users increased to 12% in 2016. In developing countries, this figure is even higher, with a reported difference of 31%"

(UN Women, 2016). The fact that many women are denied access to ICTs means that they are also denied the potential for change and achievement that these technologies bring with them. Indeed, it is crucial for women, especially those in developing countries, to have access to ICTs, which will enable them to gain empowerment at the global level. In addition, ICTs can be of great help to women, especially in isolated situations where it may be difficult to create meaningful change.






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