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  • simran arora
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    In general, the gender divide is a talk show in the entire world; especially, when the stats of income vary a lot. As mentioned, the covid-19 has jeopardized the opportunities for women in the everyday scenario. I agree that before covid, things were better. There was connectivity and a chance to engage with the world.

    We can say that the digital gender divide imposes an alarming situation because it is still literate and as essential as any other literacy source. The covid-19 world has changed the circumstances of every field. Now when each thing is available online, the connectivity, in general, has become effective. However, the situation is not the same for every group in society. The rural areas have been affected the most as whatever progress the education or world culture had made is zero. There may or may not be Internet in every region, and that is the challenging part. Most of the available jobs in today’s time boost online/digital productivity, only with a lesser woman.

    Meanwhile, women and other groups have lost connectivity with the world outside. The digital gender divide has been impacting the world’s economic growth. Also, if we focus on the covid-19 impact on the digital gender divide, then the focus shifts to increased sexism and less or no economic opportunities for women.

    It seems the gender inequality is a never-ending phenomenon. No matter wherever you are, you will face this once in your lifetime. One can say the world has been following a gospel of gender inequality and continues to perform it irrespective of the consequences.

    anshika agarwal
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    The digital gender divide is the difference between groups with access to technology and the internet and those without.Girls and women often have less access to technology as compared to boys and men. Particularly in developing countries girls and women struggle to afford technology access. In addition to this there are a lot of stereotypes running around that says technology is for boys and not for girls. By not having equal access to technology and the internet girls and women are not able to equally participate in our ever more digital societies. Holding back girls and women in this area affects every aspect of their lives and themselves too and including their ability to speak out and campaign on issues that affect them. The gender technology gap also negatively impacts countries potential for economic growth and development. Digital knowledge is as important as traditional knowledge of things. Digital knowledge for girls should began from their school days so that they will not lack in any field. Technology can also be a powerful tool for girls to become social media activists and bring change on issues that affect their lives. Social media platforms helps activists to reach a wide audience and organise action towards common causes and raise their voice. Girls should have a right to be safe online and be free to speak up without any kind of harassment. There is a need to reduce digital gender divide. Women should have equal right like men.

    Manpreet Singh
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    Technology and the Internet could help girls but many people are prevented from utilizing and developing digital tools and online content because there are few opportunities, expertise, and fear of prejudice. Girls and young women require equitable access, digital education, and online security in order to achieve gender equality. The differences between groups with access to technology and the Internet and the outside are the digital divide or technological gap. Girls and women frequently have less Internet and technology than men and boys. Girls and women are struggling to provide technology and Internet access, especially in impoverished nations.
    Furthermore, technology stereotypes “for kids” and fear of discrimination prevent girls from using digital equipment. In the world’s least-developed countries the gender digital divides* in internet access persist at 32.9%. In Africa, the Internet gap is worse, while in South Asia, women are 26 percent less likely to hold a mobile phone* in terms of mobile phone ownership than men. Girls and women can’t engage equally in our increasingly digital societies without equal access to technology and the Internet. It affects all elements of your lives to retain girls and women in this region. Moreover, girls and women may exacerbate existing disparities if they are not participating in generating digital tools and online content. The gender gap also has a negative impact on economic growth and development opportunities in countries. In 3 years’ time, if another 600 million women had connections to the Internet, global GDP would increase from $13 to $18 billion*. More than 90% of the world’s jobs already have a digital component*, and most jobs will demand advanced digital expertise soon. Governments equip girls with digital skills by prioritizing ICT education. Technology may also be a strong instrument for girls to become activists and change their issues. For example, social media platforms enable activists to contact a large crowd and organize actions for common reasons.

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