The Digital Divide at a Glance
- 200 million more men have access to the Internet than women
- 41% of men worldwide are connected to the Internet, compared to 37% of women
- Bringing 600 million additional women and girls online could boost global GDP by up to US$13-18 billion
- Women worldwide are an estimated 21% less likely to own a mobile phone
- In Francophone West Africa, women have 35% fewer opportunities and benefits than
men with regard to ICT.
- Men in West Africa tended to feel threatened when women used cell phones and accessed the Internet, seeing it as destabilizing to relationships and viewed such unsupervised activity by women as inappropriate
- Less than 10% of the Internet users in Guinea and Djibouti are women, less than 20% in Nepal, and less than 25% in India
How to Participate
Delivering Your Voices to Influencers Worldwide
The World Pulse community is a testament to the potential of the Internet to foster meaningful connections and positive change in the world. What will it take for all women across the globe to benefit from everything the Internet has to offer? If you want to make your voice heard on this important issue, participate in our WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign! Want to learn more about the campaign before you participate? Take a look at our Learn More page.
We’ve heard from you, the women and men in our community, that there are still overwhelming barriers holding women back online: from power outages to physical safety threats; from steep prices at Internet cafes to lack of women-friendly spaces; from government censorship to family or community attitudes toward women online. Speak up and pave the way for women to claim their space online. What’s your story? Tell us about:
- What challenges keep you or women in your community from logging on and participating fully online?
- How can your local library make it easier for women to use the Internet?
- What solutions are you creating to make the Internet more accessible to women in your community?
- What do you do to feel safe in accessing the Internet? What recommendations do you have for technology companies and governments to make you feel safer online?
Do you access the Internet at a cybercafe, a library, a telecenter or some other public space? Do you feel safe where you go online? If so, help us populate a map of women-friendly places to connect to the web; together we can build a great resource for women around the world! Click on our map to participate!
Sometimes a photo says it all! As we build a global community, the connections we make are real, but the women we connect with are often invisible behind computer screens far away. Upload a photo and help bring this global web to life!
Upload a picture that speaks to the topic of women’s online access and inclusion. You can upload an image of the road you travel to reach a local library, the modem you use to get online, the storefront of your favorite internet cafe, or your friends navigating the web. We all connect to the same web, but in such different circumstances, so let's create a collage to see what digital inclusion means to women around the world! Submit your photo by uploading it to your journal!
World Pulse, along with our partners, will be awarding some incredible prizes throughout this campaign, including a $20,000 prize for an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. By submitting a story to the Women Weave the Web Campaign, you will have the opportunity to win this and other great prizes! Stay tuned to our update on the World Pulse blog in February to learn more about how to apply for the prize. In the meanwhile, make sure to submit a journal post to the campaign to be eligible for our great prizes!
Want to learn about other women's experiences or weave connections with grassroots women leaders around the world? Read our community's submissions, comment with your opinions and suggestions, and build relationships with incredible women transforming their communities.