gender digital divide

New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India
New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India 07 November 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Ritu Srivastava for GenderIT.org

Availability and affordability of the internet have a major impact on whether women are able to access and use it. In this article, the authors explore what happens when community networks bring the internet closer to women and the small and big ways in which this changes their lives.

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides
Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Community networks provide alternatives to internet access infrastructure that is controlled by either companies or the state. In the remote area where Kondoa Community Network works, even patchy services have been helpful to ensure access to better education and medical services. 

African women face widening technology gap
African women face widening technology gap 01 April 2019

Despite having the highest growth in internet penetration across the globe,  Africa remains the only continent whose digital gender gap has widened since 2013. It is this that motivates AfriSIG to focus deliberate gender lenses on its planning and coordination.

Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement
Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement 28 February 2019 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

In this article we explore what uses women make of the internet in urban and rural parts of Manipur, India. Is this use limited to social media? What about the generation gap, and the rampant spread of election propaganda?

Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse
Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse 08 January 2019 Serene Lim

This interview explores the gender implications of setting up a community network in the remote areas of the Philippines – from tackling gender stereotypes to the distribution of labour to the benefits of access for a community that is ignored by telecommunications companies.

Gender equality: A mouse click away
Gender equality: A mouse click away 27 September 2018 Constance Bommelaer de Leusse and Dafne Sabanes Plou

Digital disadvantage mirrors deeper structural, economic and cultural inequalities. Measures to bridge the gender digital divide must be grounded in human rights, including women’s rights to participate in and contribute to social, economic and cultural development.

Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20
Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20 27 September 2018 Anri van der Spuy and David Souter

This briefing, jointly published by the Internet Society and APC, outlines ways in which policy makers can facilitate the internet’s positive potential through an enabling framework for women’s digital inclusion.

Decolonising internet governance
Decolonising internet governance 03 September 2018 Mariana Fossatti

The internet is viewed as the gateway to development. So, how do we respond to the challenge of the persistent digital divide? Mariana Fossatti says that we have to do this by decolonising our thinking around global governance of the internet, prioritising factors of justice and equity.

RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South
RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South 31 May 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

At this year's RightsCon event, WOUGNET and Research ICT Africa co-organised a session that aimed at exploring key issues and constraints facing marginalised women: often invisible groups rarely talked about and catered for.

HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology?
HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology? 22 June 2017 APC

From harassment of human rights defenders and civil society activists, to crackdowns on freedom of expression and media freedom, to the threats faced by women and girls under conflict, a diversity of issues were highlighted at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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