Gender base digital divide

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THE DIGITAL Divide is a rising social issue representing different amount of information among the one who have access to Internet especially broadband access and other who do not have access. This term has gained popularity in late 90’s between concerned parties like scholars, policy makers and advocacy groups. Generally, the difference is not essentially determined by the access of internet, but access to Information Communications Technologies (ICT) and the channel that the particular segment of society can use. In regard to Internet, the access is only one trait, other aspects like connections quality and affiliated services should be considered. In present, highly debated issue is the accessibility of Internet at an affordable cost and quantity. Indeed, Digital Divide is a sole gap which divides a society into two groups. According to 2016 report of World Bank Pakistan was among the five least-connected countries globally. Only 17 percent of the population was found to be online out of 200 million people. As per ITU 90 percent of jobs worldwide already have a digital component. Women and girls keep facing technology gap that prevent them from accessing and using digital tools at the higher level as boys and men. Technology can be an influential tool for girls to become leaders and agents of change, allowing women and girls to establish more efficiently and rouse action for common causes, such as standing up against gender-based violence. Without the provision of technology and internet on equal basis, it is challenging for girls and women to be able to participate in digital and international community. Holding back women in this area affects every aspect of their lives. Countries capacity for economic growth and development would be negatively affected by technology gender gap. According to ITU, if in 3 years 600 million women will connect to internet, this would give rise to global GDP of between US$ 13 billion and US$ 18 billion. To overcome this gap education unlocks access to digital tools and internet. Governments should train girls with digital and ICT skills through education in ICT subjects. At state level, we have two options: either we should agree to international standards, or generate our own state standards which ensure that girls and women have equal access to learning technical skills and digital literacy in school and through training programs, which require specific technology skills to be explained within core subject areas. We should develop a strategy that, “we must harness the power of technology and use innovative solutions to broaden our reach and impact. We must focus on the rights of girls, who are most vulnerable to being left behind as the world around us changes.”


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Published in: Volume 08 Issue 31

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