1 International Telecommunication Union. 2022. The gender digital divide
2 UN Women. 2022. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022
With the global theme, "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality," International Women’s Day 2023 will recognize the critical role women and girls play in innovation and technology and highlight the importance of women’s digital inclusion in building prosperous and sustainable economies.
ADB is organizing various events to celebrate Gender Month. From awarding of gender champions, discussions on digital ecosystem for women’s empowerment, to a film about a remarkable woman and her journey in the Philippines. We look forward to having the ADB community join us.
"We need to accelerate investments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and digital education for women and girls. This will improve their access to high quality jobs. We need to break structural barriers for women including the lack of official identification documents, low mobile phone ownership, and access to energy. We also need to support development of digital solutions to provide women with greater access to finance."
"In Asia and the Pacific, there is a 6% gender gap in internet usage. The digital revolution has not produced equitable benefits. Women and girls without digital access are cut off from the knowledge, employment opportunities, networks, products, services, and benefits that the internet provides. It is time to close the digital gender gap."
ADB Chief of Gender Equality
"Women entrepreneurs who can't get access to finance aren't able to build their businesses and grow it. Here at the ADB, we are doing a lot of gender (women's) empowerment projects such as the Women's Finance Exchange where we work with our financial institution clients to help give access to finance to women entrepreneurs so that they can build their businesses."
ADB Senior Digital Technology Specialist
This International Women’s Day theme of DigitALL explores the impact of the digital gender gap on widening inequalities and promotes the inclusion of women and other marginalized groups into technology. This is particularly important in the Pacific.
Inclusive Digital Economies and Gender Playbook describes common market constraints faced by women in developing markets and practical solutions for building gender-inclusive digital economies.
With girls in Mongolia spending more time online and falling prey to cyber harassment, an ADB technical assistance is providing digital and crowdsourcing approaches to prevent new forms of gender-based violence, increase reporting, and hold predators accountable.
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