Educational Technology

April 23, 2015

3 ways to solve international technology access barriers for girls

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

By Olimar Maisonet-Guzman, Devex

Every year, the international community comes together to commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day to raise awareness about the gender gap in the technology sector. Nonetheless, every year we continue to hear the same statistics: Women are 14 percent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. Moreover, 25 percent fewer women and girls are online than men and boys; this gap grows over 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. That begs the question: What does the international community still needs to do to solve the gender gap in the access and use of technology? Closing the usage gap between girls and boys is important for the promotion of the information society. As interactions between governments and society continue to rely more on information and communication technologies, it becomes crucial that the voices of women and girls continue to be represented in the digital world.

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