2025 Broadband Advocacy Target 7

BRIDGE THE GENDER DIGITAL DIVIDE

By 2025, gender equality should be achieved across all targets

In 2013, the Broadband Commission drew attention to the importance of gender equality among Internet users, by introducing an additional target, so that the benefits of broadband Internet reach everyone. 

Tracking progress

In 2019, it was estimated that 55% of the male population was using the internet compared with 48% of the female population. The ITU’s 2021 Facts and Figures Report, saw a large increase showing that globally, in 2020, the gender digital divide had narrowed, with 62% of all men were using the Internet, compared with 57% of all women.

While the gender gap has decreased in many developed countries, it has expanded in many developing countries – creating a specific need to support digital gender equality in these regions. The Broadband Commission examines all its connectivity work and research through a gender equality lens, ensuring that any recommendations made are inclusive of these aspects.