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Women and the Web

Women and the Web

Please read this just-released report, “Women and the Web,” the first compilation of global data on how women in developing countries access and use the Internet. The study was commissioned by Intel Corporation, which consulted with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, UN Women, and World Pulse, and included 2,200 women and girls in four countries. On average across the developing world, nearly 25 percent (25%) fewer women than men have access to the Internet. In Central Asia, it is 30 percent (30%).

According to the report, Internet access and usage:

·         Boosts women’s income and income potential.

·         Increases women’s sense of empowerment.

·         Increases women’s sense of equity.

The Internet gender gap—which today prevents 200 million women from participating online—is projected to perpetuate, unless concerted action is taken. The report is also a call to action to combine the efforts of the public and private sectors, businesses, and civil society, in order to double the number of women and girls online in the next three years to 600 million.

U.S. Department of State Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer states, “We have repeatedly seen that investing in women’s progress is the most direct and effective way to invest in progress economically and socially around the world…By tack[ling] the wide range of gender-specific barriers to Internet access, we can ensure that women have equal access to the critical technologies, such as the Internet and mobile phones, that can improve their lives and wellbeing.”

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Contributed by Karen Black

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