5 ways to bridge the
digital gender gap
Preliminary research findings,
presented by Franziska Kreische
Information and communication technology
provides important opportunities for the
empowerment of individuals and societies.
World Bank 2015, Digital Dividends
Women are 50% less likely to be
connected than men.
50% less likely to speak out online and a
third as likely to use the Internet for
work compared to men.
World Wide Web Foundation 2015, Women’s Rights Online
How to bridge the digital gender gap
A research project in cooperation with W20 Germany
International research in 6 countries across 4 continents:
Brazil, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Indonesia & Germany
Interviews with ICT initiatives, policy experts and women engagement groups
● Country specific findings, but also striking similarities.
● Five recommendations to bridge the digital gender gap.
When ICT data excludes data on women
specifically, women become ignored
in data and policy.
ITU 2014, 11th World Telecommunication/
ICT Indicators Symposium
Improve transparency and understanding
around women’s access to
and usage of ICT:
● Collect and publish gender disaggregated data.
● Research complex interrelations and dependencies,
e.g. between income, education and ICT usage.
Affordable access for the poor:
● Provide subsidised access
● Incentivize mobile operators
● Promote competition
Offer: Relevant, accessible, safe
Design and content of services should be tailored
to women's needs and lived experience
ICT literacy for all girls (and boys):
● ICT training needs to be obligatory in school curriculum
● Teach digital skills from primary school onwards
● Peer-to-peer to reach older females
Integrated policy frameworks:
It needs gender sensitive policy action and integration/support
of best practices in national curriculum