More needs to be done to bridge the digital gender divide

WOmen Mobile

UNICEF/Christopher Herwig
in Jordan, adolescent girls use cellphones and tablets in a solar kiosk providing internet connectivity in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, near the Syrian border.

This article is brought to you in association with OECD.


Barriers to access, education and skills, as well as ingrained socio-cultural biases, are driving a digital gender divide that is holding back women’s participation in the digital economy, according to a new OECD report.

Bridging the Digital Gender Divide: Include, Upskill, Innovate says women are not currently empowered to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital transformation. While G20 economies have taken important actions to narrow gender gaps in general, more needs to be done to increase the participation of women and girls in the digital economy so that they too can contribute to and benefit from the digital transformation that is under way.

Based on analysis of datasets on skills, innovation as measured by patents, venture capital, start-ups and contributors to an open-source software package, the report says women have less access than men to key technologies and services. They also face discrimination, negative stereotypes or social and cultural biases. Women are also less likely to pursue, or have more limited access to educational opportunities in information technology, limiting their options for a career in ICT. The report calls for concrete actions including investments in broadband infrastructure, education and skills, and actions to tackle gender stereotypes and address social norms that lead to discrimination.

“Women are not benefitting from the digital transformation as much as they could be,” said OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa Gabriela Ramos, presenting the report at Chatham House in London. “The significant gender gap in the access, use, ownership and design of digital technologies is holding back women everywhere. Action to close the gap requires providing the right skills, encouraging women into entrepreneurship and innovation, STEM and software development, and providing the right conditions to enable women to participate fully in the labour market.”

The report, which will feed into the 2017 G20 Roadmap for Digitalisation, notes that:

  • The global gender divide in Internet usage (calculated by the ITU as the difference between Internet penetration rates for men and women relative to the rate for men) has risen from 11% in 2013 to 11.6% in 2017. The divide is over 25% in Africa and 33% in least-developed countries.
  • Women are on average 26% less likely than men to have a smartphone, and worldwide 327 million fewer women than men have smartphone access to mobile Internet.
  • Only 10% of innovative start-ups seeking venture capital investments were founded by women. Women-owned start-ups receive 23% less funding and are 30% less likely to be bought up or issue an IPO than male-owned businesses.
  • At age 15, only 0.5% of girls in OECD countries want to become ICT professionals, compared to 5% of boys. Twice as many boys as girls expect to become engineers, scientists or architects.
  • Despite the fact that more women than men completed tertiary education in 2015, only 24% of engineering graduates and 25% of ICT graduates were women.
  • Women-only teams accounted for just 6% of a popular open-source programming language for data analysis (R) packages over 2012-2017; 77% were male-only teams.
  • Women’s participation in inventive activities is increasing, but in G20 economies only 10% of patents are invented by women. At current rates women will only catch up men in 2080.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Look Mom, even the House of Lords says the #righttobeforgotten is not right

Europe’s richest regions actively seek investment from China’s biggest banks

The cost of generating renewable energy has fallen – a lot

Yemen: Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce

A few, or rather two, trade and economic alliances may rule our brave new world

The creation and maintenance of smoke-free public spaces in the UK

MWC 2016 LIVE: BT chief aims to be at UK 5G forefront

Gig economy: Employment Committee MEPs want to boost workers’ rights

This city is planting a tree for every man, woman and child

Regional policies slowed down by EU bureaucracy

JADE @ European Business Summit 2014: Youth Unemployment – a drive to Entrepreneurship

ECB intervenes to clean May’s and Schäuble’s mess

Is the ECB enforcing the will of the big Eurozone member states on the small? Can the euro area live with that?

Why medicine is relevant to the battle against climate change

Palestinian children’s education deeply impacted by ‘interference’ around West Bank schools, UN warns

Robots aren’t stealing all our jobs, says the World Bank’s chief economist

The financial sector cripples Eurozone growth prospects

3 ways Africa can improve the health of women and children

EU Justice Scoreboard 2019: results show the continuing need to protect judicial independence

UN Chief ‘strongly rejects’ Guatemala decision to expel anti-corruption body

EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Tax Inspectors Without Borders making significant progress toward strengthening developing countries’ ability to effectively tax multinational enterprises

Worth going ‘extra mile’ for a new Syrian constitution, UN envoy urges

The European Commission to stop Buffering

Governments and non-state actors need to take urgent action to meet Paris Agreement goals

ISIL continues to pose a ‘serious challenge’ worldwide – UN counter-terror chief

Review on ethics and technological development

Parliament votes reform for better European Co2 market but critics want it sooner than later

Fostering intergenerational solidarity and cooperation through age-friendly environments: the right answer to Europe’s demographic challenge

The future of energy in Puerto Rico is renewable

FROM THE FIELD: Stopping aquatic hitchhikers to safeguard environments at sea

Siege of Syria’s eastern Ghouta ‘barbaric and medieval’, says UN Commission of Inquiry

10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

Yemen: 11 more ‘terrible, senseless’ civilian deaths reported, following attack in Sana’a – top UN official

The EU Parliament endorses tax on financial transactions

Managing and resolving conflicts in a politically inclined group of team members

‘Global care crisis’ set to affect 2.3 billion people warns UN labour agency

European Youth Forum and youngest MEPs call on President Juncker to keep his promise to Europe’s youth

Ghana will grow faster than any other economy this year, the IMF says why

These countries are ranked highest – and lowest – for human development

Mali: Presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief

Artificial Intelligence has a gender problem. Here’s what to do about it

UN experts urge United Arab Emirates to release terminally ill woman to live her last days ‘in dignity’

FROM THE FIELD: New sensors protect vulnerable Malawians against deadly lightning

These five exercise trends will help society and your health

Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability

UN welcomes ‘milestone’ release of 833 Nigerian children from anti-Boko Haram force

Europe, US and Russia haggle over Ukraine’s convulsing body; Russians and Americans press on for an all out civil war

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: Banking moguls continue brandishing financial Armageddon to intimidate us all but in Davos they worry about the very distant future

New rules for audiovisual media services approved by Parliament

One more country to test the EU project: Kaczynski’s Poland

UN News Daily #UNGA Guide: Mandela Peace Summit, Global Goals, Youth and Yemen

Thailand gave healthcare to its entire population and the results were dramatic

UN chief condemns attack targeting international forces in northern Mali

Third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: data breach prevention and cures

Paradise islands of Pacific increasingly vulnerable to climate change, as UN boosts resilience

How the tech sector can power the shift to a sustainable economy

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s