Local approaches to closing the digital gender gap
Web Foundation · May 24, 2017
We know that women — who are 50% less likely than men to be online — are disconnected primarily due to policy failure. The Web Foundation has been working with partners on the ground to launch our Digital Gender Gap Audit which was produced to reverse this policy change and get more women online.
Today, the report card for Ghana was launched in Accra by our partners at the Media Foundation for West Africa, where the findings were shared with stakeholders and Hon. Vincent Sowah Odotei, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Communications, committed to implementing the recommendations in Ghana’s report card.
All ten of the national report cards set out five context specific steps that each country can take in the next year to work toward closing the digital gender gap. The approach, outlined below, is how stakeholders should REACT to the growing digital gender gap.
Rapid progress is possible in all countries through simple steps like reducing the cost to connect, introducing digital literacy in schools, and expanding public access facilities.
Report card launches will continue to take place in collaboration with our Women’s Rights Online partners. Partners in Mozambique, Kenya and the Philippines have already hosted report card launches and pushed for action on the report’s findings.
So far, none of the 10 countries researched are doing nearly enough to achieve digital equality by 2030, making our work to ensure that the benefits of technology are captured equally more important than ever.
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