It is widely recognised that information and communications technology can have a positive socio-economic impact on women’s lives. Unfortunately there is currently a significant gender gap associated with access to, and use of, the internet and mobile broadband services. This gender gap can be attributed to a number of factors including the cost of devices and services, network coverage, concerns around security and harassment, as well as a lack of technical literacy amongst women.
This course explains the background to the issues and focuses on strategies that can be used to help close the gender gap.
– Understand the context via gender-disaggregated data on internet access and use.
– Learn how barriers such as access, affordability, safety, digital skills and the availability of locally relevant content can be addressed.
– Discover how gender perspectives can be integrated into strategies, policies, plans and budgets so they explicitly address women’s needs, circumstances and preferences.
– Explore how to work together with other stakeholders to share good practices that have real impact.
Understand the issue and need for action
Understand your context and integrate gender into your policies
Address the barriers women face
Work together and develop an action plan