Including females in the Information Society

 A report released by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender reveals a ‘significant and pervasive’ ‘tech gap’ in access to information and communication technologies.

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Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, leader of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband & Gender (Photo: itupictures)

The report, entitled Doubling Digital Opportunities: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women & Girls in the Information Society, estimates that globally there are currently 200 million fewer women online than men, and warns that the gap could grow to 350 million within the next three years if action is not taken.
The report brings together extensive research from UN agencies, Commission members and partners from industry, government and civil society, to create the first comprehensive global snapshot of broadband access by gender. It was officially launched by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who has led the Working Group since its establishment at the 6th meeting of the Broadband Commission in New York in September 2012.

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