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Education, training and employment-related prospects for women in the digital world

Girls in ICT Day workshop at British School Geneva

Many women and girls are excluded from using digital technologies. For example, worldwide, around 250 million fewer women than men are connected to the internet. And yet digital technologies have 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 a crucial key to participating in the digital world and a prerequisite for access to many professions. Digital skills range, for example, from the ability to find and assess important content online to advanced user know-how like web programming.

Under Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017, the BMZ intends to raise awareness about the gender digital divide. To this end it is placing the topic #eSkills4Girls on the development policy agenda.

A nine-point plan

The BMZ’s proposed solutions take the form of a nine-point plan. The plan includes the construction of an online knowledge exchange platform and the organisation of an ideas competition in which solutions to women-specific problems will be developed in the digital world. Another intention is to showcase female role models from the digital sector.

The nine-point plan is centred around the demand that women must have easier access to digital technologies and that steps must be taken to promote the acquisition of digital skills by girls and women in developing countries in particular. For this is the only way to actually improve their job prospects in the expanding digital and technology sector.

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