No gender equality without bridging the digital gender divide

This digital age offers immense opportunities for individuals and communities. It provides the possibility to earn additional income and access knowledge and information to increase employment opportunities.

Yet globally, an estimated 250 million fewer women than men are online. About 327 million fewer women than men have a smartphone and can access the mobile internet. And men are four times more likely than women to be information and communication technology specialists.

An OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report states several factors that have contributed to the digital gender divide. These include barriers to access, affordability, the lack of educational opportunities available for girls and technological illiteracy. There are also biases and socio-cultural norms that can exacerbate gender-based digital exclusion.

Dorothy sits at a computer in Kenya

At a personal level, we must keep encouraging girls and young women to pursue their interest in this field. The digital gender gap isn’t going to be bridged without concerted, practical intervention. And it takes tenacity as well as long term support.

We believe that men and women are equal before God. Both loved and immensely valued. Through our various church-based projects around the world, Compassion is committed to providing girls with equal access not only technology but to education, nutrition, health care and spiritual growth.

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