Infographic: How the Internet Gender Gap Affects Women

February 14, 2013The Internet and Social Mediaby EW News Desk Team

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Cheap and open access to the internet is one of the main equalising tools of our generation. Unfortunately, considerably fewer women have access to the internet than men, especially in the developing world. 

Women and girls lag behind men in internet access in many parts of the world, causing them to miss out on the economic and social benefits of being online, according to a study by Intel published in January. 

Across the developing world, there are about 25 percent fewer women than men online, said the report, but the gap widens dramatically in other areas: 43 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and 34 percent in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Shelly Esque, president of the Intel Foundation, said women miss many benefits if they are not online. She said: 

We believe, and I think there is plenty of evidence to support, that the Internet is a gateway to so much opportunity, information around health, education, economic opportunities and the list goes on and on. If women are denied access to that information, then they are denied opportunity to thrive in their communities.
 

Check out this infographic and find out more about the internet gender gap and how it impacts women around the world. 

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Infographic: How the Internet Gender Gap Affects Women

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