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15/09/2013 | Note for equality

Note for Equality N° 10: The gender-based digital divide: a reflection of social inequality

The gender-based digital divide refers to differences between women and men in the access to computers and the use of electronic devices and the internet (ICT). In Latin America, women are equal to men in access to computers and in the internet connection at home.

What are the main strategies to overcome the gender-based digital divide?

• Promote training activities (basic and specialized digital literacy) permitting the inclusion of women through the acquisition of the necessary skills for using ICT adapted to their profiles, guiding the training to issues that transcend the mere use of the ICT including other substantive aspects (empowerment, communication, integration, rights, combat the gender violence, etc.).
• Develop programs for the digital inclusion of women who suffer greater inequalities and who are excluded from ICTs.
• Promote the development of a digital citizenship responsible use of the internet and the information provided, which for women involves confronting the risks of everyday use of ICT , related to harassment of minors and gender violence.
• Mainstream gender in policies for access and use of ICTs, so that these policies consider gender inequalities and different needs of men and women in the information society.