Recommendations for action: bridging the gender gap in internet and broadband access and use

15 March 2017

This report identifies four specific action areas for closing the digital gender gap:

​​Compile detailed evidence: collect, analyze and track sex-disaggregated data to inform policy, particularly at a national and sub-national level, through a greater understanding of the issue.

Integrate policy: integrate gender equality targets and key performance indicators into strategies, policies, plans and budgets, involving women and relevant local communities from the onset.

Address the barriers women face: confront barriers that impede gender equality online, including affordable access; issues around safety; digital literacy and confidence; and the availability of relevant content, applications and services.

Support multi-stakeholder cooperation: develop tools and policies to support national and international efforts, and effective sharing of best practices to address the digital gender gap.​

The report sets up recommendations for action to address the gender gap in Internet access and use, that also help clarify the complementary roles of different actors, including governments and policy-makers, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and academia and research institutions.

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Broadband Commission Working Group, 2017, Recommendations for action: bridging the gender gap in internet and broadband access and use, Broadband Commission Working Group, viewed 29 April 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/74500>.

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