Policy Article

Briding the Digital Literacy Gender GAP in Developing Countries

Authors

  • Giacomo Gattorno
  • Paul Grainger
  • Alberto Guidi
  • Shiva Kanwar
  • Mansi Kedia
  • Alina Sorgner
  • Ramya Subrahmanian
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The record on digital inclusion is clear: women have been left behind. Within certain economies, cultures, and regions, the digital literacy gender gap prevents women from unlocking better learning opportunities and economic prospects. This policy brief measures the relationship between digital literacy gaps and sociocultural factors. It then describes why digital literacy gaps start forming in childhood and how most digital skilling programmes fail to address the obstacles women face in becoming a part of the digital world. It concludes by pinpointing solutions to these issues and urging the G20 and other countries to address the unique challenges of women’s digital literacy.

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Key Words

  • developing countries
  • digital gender divide
  • digital literacy