The Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender or geography — can participate equally. A truly open Web should unlock educational, economic, and civic opportunity for everyone, everywhere.
In relation to this, the UN Women is pleased to announce their support for 20 digital literacy clubs for women and
girls in Kenya and South Africa in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation. The clubs create a safe space for them to learn in an environment free from gender bias.
Also, driving our work is a troubling statistic: While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone.
In beginning to change these numbers for the better, we can empower women in their own lives and as digital citizens. The women and girls experience to actively participate, lead and create on the web. So far, the project is transforming the lives of 300 women and girls, and the next step will be to expand globally.
A joint initiative by UN Women, Technovation and Google, “Change is Made with Code”, launched at the Global Citizen Festival in New York in September 2016, is investing in closing the gender digital gap towards the achievement of the SDGs by training and encouraging teenage girls to code on social issues that they are passionate about.
The initiative aims to impact 10,000 girls globally by 2018. Ultimately, closing the digital gender gap brings real improvements in the lives of women and girls, and their contributions to their communities.