Costs of Exclusion Report

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The Costs of Exclusion: Governments are missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars because of the digital gender gap Across the world, millions of people
The Costs of Exclusion: Governments are missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars because of the digital gender gap

Across the world, millions of people are still unable to access the internet and participate online — and women are disproportionately excluded. Men are 21% more likely to be online than women globally, rising to 52% in Least Developed Countries.

Various barriers prevent women and girls from accessing the internet and participating online, including unaffordable devices and data tariffs, inequalities in education and digital skills, social norms that discourage women and girls from being online, and fears around privacy, safety, and security.

Women already achieve incredible things in the digital economy. However, their experiences as content creators and entrepreneurs are more an exception than part of everyday life.

While digital exclusion limits the opportunities for women and girls unable to connect, it also has broader societal and economic…
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