Technology: Closing the gender digital divide

The world was changing rapidly before the global pandemic showed how wide the digital divide is, on many fronts. Post-pandemic, the world will completely change and technology won’t be a driver of economic growth, it will be an enabler of participation in economic activity.

Africa has an opportunity to use the basis of the global crisis to gain traction and close the gender digital divide. The pandemic has shown the structure, processes, and factors of work can be done in more ways than one – meaning that women can have more access to decent employment, while being primary child-care providers, or being able to be entrepreneurs without much capital or cost of business set-up or movement. Access to technology also completely changes the game into access to education and the capacity of education to change the economic status of women and girls across Africa, allowing African women to have access to the global economy and be able to participate in it.

2019: Gender gap in mobile internet use in low and middle income countries by region

Heads of State, leaders, policy and law makers, and others hold the capacity to look at the structure and ways of work and therefore the economic activities of Africa differently, giving more flexibility, more access, and more embracing of technology as an enabler of growth rather then just an add-on of structures, processes, and mind-sets.

PABWA is driven by innovation and technology ourselves, so we are advocates for technology being the enabler for closing to gender digital divide towards economic gender parity in our lifetime. With technology, that is now possible.

Please Note: South Africa is going through a challenging time due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Stay informed by visiting: www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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