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Africa's Digital Gender Divide: A Study Shows That African Women Use the Internet Much Less Than Men

Magazine article Talent Development

Africa's Digital Gender Divide: A Study Shows That African Women Use the Internet Much Less Than Men

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Despite exponential growth in Internet and mobile usage across Africa, African women are much less likely to get online than men, according to the 2015 E-Learning Africa Report by ICWE, an international events and media company. This gap, reported to be as great as 45 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, could be hindering the continent's economic growth-especially in the agricultural sector, where women make up the bulk of the workforce.

Increasing the digital literacy of African women could have immediate impact on the agricultural sector, where information communication technologies (ICTs) already have played a role in increasing crop yields and boosting farm incomes. Survey respondents in the E-Learning Africa Report attributed the digital gender gap to the inaccessibility and unaffordability of technology, as well as to individual women's lack of confidence in using it.

"We are trying to come up with a project that specifically zeroes in on gender and women," says Catherine Mloza Banda of the Farm Radio Trust, an organization that advances the use of ICTs in agriculture. "Women will be given the opportunity to have a voice on-air-empowering them to . …

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