A new report recently released by Intel adds to the body of research focusing on gaps in technology availability and usage by gender, adding to the evidence base that access to information technology increases empowerment, education, and economic well-being.
The report, Women and the Web, combines interviews with 2,200 women in four countries (Egypt, India, Mexico, and Uganda) with data from a variety of other sources and shares the following observations:
- Gender barriers to technology are real. On average across the developing world, nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet.
- Bridging the Internet gender gap can boost women’s income and income potential. Across the surveyed countries, nearly half of respondents used the Web to search for and apply for a job, and 30 percent had used the Internet to earn additional income.
- Use of the Internet also increases women’s sense of empowerment. More than 70% of women surveyed who are online say that it is “liberating” and 85% say it “provides more freedom.”
The 104-page report concludes with a series of recommendations for action to bridge the gender technology divide. Read a news release highlighting other findings HERE, and download and read the full report HERE.
Other earlier reports on this topic may also be of interest:
- Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity, from the Cherie Blair Foundation and GSMA Development Fund (2010)
- Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically, from the International Center for Research in Women (2010)
- Innovation for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, ICRW (2009)
Finally, womenablers may also be interested in the Research Links page of the Anita Borg Institute, which focuses mainly on research on women in technology, but is nonetheless a great resource to bookmark for future reference.