gender digital divide
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.