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Women’s Rights Online Digital Gender Gap Audit

September 9, 2016

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are powerful tools for achieving everything from enhanced incomes and wider access to credit, to quality education and healthcare for all and more accountable government.

Yet a formidable gender gap in internet access, digital skills, and online rights remains to be closed. Last year, survey research carried out by our Women’s Rights Online network revealed extreme gender and poverty inequalities in digital empowerment across urban poor areas in 10 cities. Women were 50% less likely than men to be online, and 30-50% less likely to use the internet for economic and political empowerment.

Our Digital Gender Gap Audit project looks to expand on this research by assessing the policy efforts and progress made on a national level around the main challenges identified through our research.

You can download a global overview of our scores as well as each national report card below.

We hope these findings can lead to concrete policy change in countries studied, and welcome feedback, comments and debate on our analysis. A toolkit designed to enhance understanding and use of the report cards can be found here. Follow us @webfoundation on Twitter to join the debate. 

Foundation for Media Alternatives; Fundación Karisma; ICT Watch; International Association of Women in Radio and Television; IT for Change; Media Foundation for West Africa; Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; Science Innovation Information and Communication Technology Research Institute (SIITRI);Tadwein Gender Research Centre; Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Derechos Digitales