Helping Women and Non-Binary Communities Gain Access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the Potential of Alternative Models of Connectivity

By Gabrielle Willms 

“Digital inclusion impacts our ability to achieve all seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, it inspires opportunity and prosperity and should be available to every human being on the planet.  

As we celebrate the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web, which also fell during the week of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, it is important to recognize that far fewer women and girls are connected to the Internet than men. In the least developed countries women and girls are 33% less likely to have Internet access (whereas worldwide the figure is 12%); significantly more lack digital skills.

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) recently launched its report Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity. To make the Internet more people-centered, it takes best practices such as these to bring more women and girls into the digital economy” – Melissa Sassi, IBM Z Influencer Ecosystem: Startup Program Manager Chair, IEEE Smart Village Digital Skills & Literacy Working Group Founder & CEO, MentorNations.

Read the article by Gabrielle Willms  here.


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