Bridging the Digital Gender Divide: Connectivity for women's economic and social empowerment - #Women4AI
Room: Discovery Space
Access to technology and meaningful engagement with it are essential for people's participation in today's increasingly digital economy. Yet the gender gap in internet usage has grown since 2017 to 17% globally, and is particularly pronounced in developing countries. 250 million fewer women are online than men and 200 million fewer women own mobile phones. As technoloy evolves ever more rapidly, what cultural, societal and other shifts need to happen to close the access and participation gender gap and prevent it from widening? What models foster greater access and gender equality in productive use of technology to empower women economically and socially?