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In March 2016, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Co-Vice Chair of the Broadband Commission, stressed the importance of continuing the gender equality work of the Commission. The Commission agreed to convene a working group on the digital gender divide. It is to be chaired by Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. It was proposed that this working group, as a first step, reviews existing normative frameworks in order to develop a set of recommendations which will address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use.     

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Launch of the Report

On 15th March 2017, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide has launched its final report "Recommendations for action: bridging the gender gap in Internet and broadband access and use" during the Annual Spring Meeting of the Broadband Commission, held in Hong Kong, SAR of China. 

The report identified four specific action areas for closing the digital gender gap:

​​Compile detailed evidence: collect, analyze and track sex-disaggregated data to inform policy, particularly at a national and sub-national level, through a greater understanding of the issue.

Integrate policy: integrate gender equality targets and key performance indicators into strategies, policies, plans and budgets, involving women and relevant local communities from the onset.

Address the barriers women face: confront barriers that impede gender equality online, including affordable access; issues around safety; digital literacy and confidence; and the availability of relevant content, applications and services.

Support multi-stakeholder cooperation: develop tools and policies to support national and international efforts, and effective sharing of best practices to address the digital gender gap.​

 

Preview of the report at the Mobile World Congress 2017

The Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide outcome report will be launched during the spring meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, on March 15th in Hong Kong.

The report sets up recommendations for action to address the gender gap in Internet access and use, that also help clarify the complementary roles of different actors, including governments and policy-makers, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and academia and research institutions.

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​Membership

WG comprises the following members, including 16 Commissioners and 5 external members:

 Commissioners and External Experts

External Experts 

  1. Ms Caren Grown, Ms Samia Melhem, The World Bank   
  2. ​Ms Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC
  3. ​​Ms Helani Galpaya, LirneAsia
  4. ​​Ms Sonia Jorge, Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet - Web Foundation
  5. ​​Ms Ann Mei Chang

              

 

​ Objectives
  • ​Facilitate the sharing of information and experience within the Broadband Commission;
  • Put together Broadband Commission recommendations for consideration by governments, commercial entities and other stakeholders in order to address the digital gender gap.

  • Develop an implementation plan to help put the Broadband Commission recommendations into effect;

  • Advocate endorsement of these recommendations by other stakeholders as well as coordinated action by all stakeholders to close the digital gender gap, meet women’s needs for broadband and fulfil the goals for gender equality set out in the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements.​​

 Latest Media
  1. Press Release : UN Broadband Commission: Time for a "​New Deal" if Broadband is to reach everyone, everywhere

  2. Press Release : New Broadband Commission call to action provides guide to close digital gender gap

  3. Photos from the meeting: Flickr

 Resources

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 Activities
  1. ​​​​​​​​​The group was launched in Dubai (UAE) in March 2016. 

  2. The Group held several meetings (conference calls) in 2016 and 2017.

  3. The final report was presented to the Commission at the Spring meeing 2017 held in Hong Kong SAR of China on 15-17 March and launched publicly the day prior the full meeting of the Commission, on 15th March during the Working Group final session held on 15th March 2017.