Nowadays 37% of women do not use the internet. 259 million fewer women have access to the Internet than men do, even though they account for nearly half the world’s population. If women are unable to access the Internet and do not feel safe online, they are unable to develop the necessary digital skills to engage in digital spaces, which diminishes their opportunities to pursue careers in STEM areas. Bringing women into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality. The United Nations Observance of IWD, under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, explores the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities, and it also spotlights the importance of protecting the rights of women in digital spaces.
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