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Digital inclusion

Training and employment for women and girls in the digital world

Girls in a youth centre in Tanzania

Many women and girls are still excluded from using digital technologies. Worldwide, for example, around 250 million fewer women than men are connected to the internet. And yet the spread of digital technology has such great potential for achieving the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls. Sadly, though, women – particularly women in developing countries – often lack the digital skills that are key to participating in the digital world and a prerequisite for accessing many professions.

Digital skills range, for example, from the ability to find and assess important content online to advanced user know-how like programming. The G20 members – 19 countries and the EU – are strongly supporting the topics of education, digital technology and gender equality. The G20 has issued a joint statement on how important this combination of topics is.

Under its G20 Presidency, the German government unveiled a 9-point plan on the implementation of the #eSkills4Girls initiative, including a study, a number of high-profile events and a competition (a "hackathon").

Another key element of the initiative is a platform for sharing knowledge and collecting projects aimed at strengthening the digital skills of women and girls. The G20 members will use the platform to showcase the projects and initiatives they have launched in support of the #eSkills4Girls initiative. These include, for example, encouraging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects at school, taking action to combat gender-based discrimination and encouraging greater participation of women and girls in running their own businesses and developing innovations. By showcasing examples from Africa on this platform, the #eSkills4Girls initiative is also making a major contribution to the G20 Africa Partnership. The platform was officially unveiled at the G20 Africa Partnership Conference in Berlin on 12 and 13 June 2017.


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