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The gender digital divide

The gender digital divide

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Although internet access has been widely acknowledged, women are not fully reaping its rewards. Women experience less access to information technology than men, which can be true of rich and poor countries alike. According to a recent report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI), men remain 21 percent more likely to be online than women, with that number rising to 52 percent in the world's least developed countries.

The internet has demonstrated the power to drive economic growth, expand social opportunities, and promote online learning, especially during the current hard times due to COVID-19. To be offline today means to miss out on opportunities, such as social inclusion and political participation. The gender divide online could deepen existing gender inequalities, pushing women further to the margins of society. Establishing a deep and broad understanding of women's participation in the web is an important step in bringing about change.

Kun Jin

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