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Recommendations of the Broadband Commission on SDG5: Gender Equality

March 7, 2023

Recommendations for Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: Insights from Broadband Commission Publications 

While not all Broadband Commission publications are directly focused on the topic of gender digital equality, they do examine how prevalent issues affecting broadband policy, access, affordability, skills and use, impact women and girls and they provide with the best practices and tailored actions needed to address inequalities. These recommendations help also to clarify the complementary roles of different actors, including governments and policymakers, the private sector, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, and academia/research institutions, as the digital gender divide can only be bridged effectively by coordinated actions and collaborative efforts. 

The selected recommendations in this document have been sorted by stakeholder group (Public Sector, Private Sector, Civil Society), while general findings have been sorted by the Commission’s Broadband Advocacy Targets. Additionally, it is proposed that each recommendation be categorized thematically based on the methodology suggested by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Gender Divide (2018) and EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. 

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Date published: March 7, 2023

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