What is the...
gender digital divide?
It's the difference in access to digital technologies, skills to use those technologies, and opportunities for leadership in the digital tech industry that exists between men and women.
Why are we trying to...
close the gap?
Because we believe that men and women, boys and girls... everyone can be...
Worldwide, women are less likely to have access to the transformative power of the internet. This gender digital divide is particularly critical in the world’s poorer countries, and worst of all in the 47 UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs), where the gap widens to more than 32% fewer women online than men.
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Since the 1980s there has been a steady decline worldwide in the number of women choosing to pursue technology studies and careers. In Europe alone, only 1 in 5 technology graduates is female. Only 17% of technology jobs are held by women. Fewer than 1 in 6 app developers is female. And since 2005 there has been no measurable improvement at all in the number of women choosing ICT careers. In the countries that make up the ‘global South’, this digital skills gender gap is often even worse.
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The technology industry is brimming with new opportunity, yet women are all but absent from the senior ranks of most tech companies. Recent figures show that while women now make up around 50% of the global workforce, they hold fewer than 1 in 10 senior technology jobs. In Silicon Valley, only 2% of VC tech funding goes to start-ups with female founders – and a mere 7% of VC venture capital partners are women. In addition, qualified women are quitting the tech sector at twice the rate of men.
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Strong, credible data and case studies are vital not only to understanding the scope of the problem across different countries and regions, but also to recognizing successful strategies that could be replicated by others. Sex-disaggregated data is essential to a better understanding of the realities for women globally concerning their access to technology, skills development and leadership opportunities in the tech sector. Contextualizing and correctly interpreting data is critical to applying knowledge effectively to close gender gaps.
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