Inequalities in the digital world? Gender gaps in the use of ICTs

In an interconnected society like the current one, where technological advances are having great impacts on our way of working, learning and interacting, the access and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), such as the internet and mobile telephony, are key to expanding people's opportunities. But do men and women access these technologies equally? And once they have access, how do women and men use these technologies? The existence of gender gaps in the access and use of ICTs can mean that women are left behind in the process of adapting to these changes and that they cannot hold all their benefits. Having information on these gaps is essential to begin to act and lead efforts in the necessary direction.

Here are some of the conclusions reached with this study regarding the gaps that currently exist:

  • Desigualdades DigitalesThe Latin American and Caribbean region is better positioned than others, in terms of gender gaps in the access and use of ICTs.
  • Closing gender gaps in the access and use of ICTs is a priority to equalize opportunities and prevent women from being left behind.
  • Men tend to make more intensive and varied use of mobile apps.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 80% of men and women have a mobile phone and the gender gap slightly favors men.


Read the full report at the following link (Spanish):



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