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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:05

WOMEN’S RIGHTS ONLINE REPORT CARDS: OVERVIEW

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.

The research also shed light on the root causes of this digital gender divide: high costs, lack of know-how, scarcity of content that is relevant and empowering for women, and barriers to women speaking freely and privately online. Our inaugural Digital Gender Gap Audit follows up on the survey results by assessing the policy efforts and progress made in 10 countries around the main challenges identified through our research. We based our scores on 14 simple indicators (described below) for which reliable empirical evidence exists, and grading was done in the second quarter of 2016.

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