Harnessing digitalisation as an opportunity for women and girls
Many women and girls are without access to or are unable to use digital technology. Worldwide, around 250 million fewer women than men are connected to the internet. In fact, the latest figures from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) show a widening of the digital gap between men and women since 2013. And yet digital technologies have such great potential for achieving the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls.
Sadly, though, women – particularly in developing countries – often lack the necessary skills to enter the digital world. The German G20 Presidency aims to counter this with the #eSkills4Girls initiative. By promoting digital education and IT skills especially for women and girls in developing countries, Germany wants to help improve women's employment prospects in the digital and technological sector.