2017-18

Digital Gender Divide

Working Group Co-Chaired by:

Mats Granryd
 Director General
GSMA
Irina Bokova
Director General
UNESCO

Addressing the Gender Gap

Internet penetration rates are higher for men and boys than women and girls in all regions of the world today. Even more significantly, the ITU reports that the gender gap in access to the Internet has in fact increased since the Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Broadband and Gender published in 2013 its first report and recommendations for overcoming the digital gender divide. A widening digital gender gap has significant implications in terms of women’s empowerment and development as well as for societies, businesses and economies. As a result, effective, tangible and measurable action is now essential and urgently needed from a wide range of different stakeholders to overcome the digital gender gap in access to ensure that women can also benefit from the developmental capacity of information and communication technologies (ICTs). 

Against this background, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide was established in March 2016. The Working Group, chaired jointly by GSMA and UNESCO, aimed to develop a set of recommended actions designed to address the gender gap in Internet and broadband access and use. The outcome report was drafted in a collaborative manner by the Working Group Members, drawing on contributions and insights collected from the Commissioners and experts over a year-long consultation period.   

Working Group Focus: Key SDGs

Support gender equality in internet and broadband access and use as an enabler of women’s empowerment

Increase access to information and communications technologies and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the internet

Objectives

  1. Facilitate the sharing of information and experience within the Broadband Commission;
  2. Put together Broadband Commission recommendations for consideration by governments, commercial entities and other stakeholders in order to address the digital gender gap.
  3. Develop an implementation plan to help put the Broadband Commission recommendations into effect;
  4. 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 fulfill the goals for gender equality set out in the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements.
  1. The Broadband Commission Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide was established in March 2016 in Dubai, UAE
  2. On 15th March 2017, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide launched its 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

Outcomes

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Working Group on Gender Digital Divide, 2017 Report

Recommendations for action bridging the gender hap in internet and broadband access and use

Addressing the digital gender divide is critical to realising the significant potential benefits that the Internet can bring for women, their communities and the broader economy. This report outlines a set of practical actions that stakeholders can take to address the gender gap in Internet access and use in order to realise this substantial opportunity.

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2017 Progress Report

Bridging the gender gap in Internet and broadband access and use

The progress report of the Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide provides an update on progress against the commitments of the Working Group members to take forward the four groups of recommended actions outlined in the March 2017 “Recommendations for action” report, aimed for stakeholders to address the gender gap in Internet access and use. The progress report also introduces new commitments to action by members of the Working Group.

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2018 Progress Report

Bridging the gender gap in Internet and broadband access and use

Following the final report at its recommendations released in 2017, the Working group on Digital Gender Divide has sought to maintain the efforts in bridging this divide through reporting back on its Members commitments against the recommendations. The Working Group Progress report 2018 was launched during the EQUALS Partners meeting 2018. in New York and presented to the Broadband Commission annual plenary held in New York on the 23rd of September.

Membership

Broadband Commissioners

  1. H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Al Ruwais, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
  2. Mr Börje Ekholm, Ericsson
  3. Mr Kevin Martin, Facebook
  4. Baroness Beeban Kidron, Filmmaker and Founder of 5Rights
  5. Mr Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum
  6. Mr Mats Granryd, GSMA
  7. Mr Luis Alberto Moreno, IADB
  8. Mr Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat
  9. Mr John Galvin, Intel
  10. Mr Houlin Zhao, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  11. Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong, ISTIC
  12. Dr. Speranza Ndege, Kenyatta University
  13. Prof. Gloria Bonder, Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences
  14. Mr Paul Mitchell, Microsoft
  15. Mr Rajeev Suri, Nokia
  16. Dr. Nasser Marafih, Ooredoo
  17. Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO
  18. Dr. Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation
  19. Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women
  20. Mr Jean-Yves Charlier, VimpelCom Ltd.
  21. Mr Francis Gurry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

External Experts

  
  1. Ms Caren Grown, Ms Samia Melhem, The World Bank
  2. Ms Chat Garcia Ramilo, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
  3. Ms Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia
  4. Ms Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and Web Foundation
  5. Ms Ann Mei Chang