The Costs of Exclusion research series has a message for broadband policymakers: the digital gender gap is real, it’s sexist, and it’s costing all of us over a trillion in lost economic productivity.
Now, our latest report zooms in on women’s experiences across South Asia – a region with one of the world’s largest digital gender gaps according to GSMA. It includes interviews and focus groups in India and Bangladesh and a telephone survey in India.
Here are the top takeaways from our latest report »
This research series illustrates the importance of addressing the digital gender gap. In a vacuum of adequate policy action, women are still breaking through to achieve incredible things. However, frequently, they do so with access to other forms of privilege that enable them to overcome the barriers to women’s internet use. The digital gender gap operates in several ways, just as there are several individual and societal benefits to increasing women’s internet use.
We have the evidence and the means to overcome this problem – we now just need to rally the political will to confront the digital gender gap.