Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality
Evidence briefs – insights into the gender digital divide for girls
Digital technology has become critical to our lives. Online experiences and opportunities are also important for children’s and young people’s development across a wide range of areas, including: online education, access to formal and informal learning; access to information and support relating to health and well-being; engagement with creative and cultural practices; expression of ideas and opinions for leisure, play, and peer connection; and to find employment, career information and entrepreneurship opportunities.
However, there is a gender digital divide: girls are disadvantaged when it comes to digital adoption, have lower levels of access to and use of digital technology than boys, and often they are not benefitting from digital technology in the same way as boys. This UNICEF Evidence Series offers insights into the gender digital divide for girls, to support and build the evidence needed to effectively design approaches that ensure the benefits of equal digital access and use for both girls and boys.