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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.
    Nancy Hafkin
  • 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
    Nancy Hafkin
  • Less than 10% of the Internet users in Guinea and Djibouti are women, less than 20% in Nepal, and less than 25% in India
    Nancy Hafkin

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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.


Write It!

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? Participate in the Digital Empowerment Phase of our Campaign by August 13th and tell us about:

  • How has the Internet empowered you to achieve your goals? Has it helped you find resources, connect with interesting people, get inspired? The Internet can serve a different purpose for every single person - tell us how the Internet has helped you find a job, start a business, or learn something new!
  • Do you believe online empowerment can lead to offline empowerment? If so, tell us how!
  • Why do you think digitally empowering women is important? How will it help women transform the world?


Map It!

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!


Snap It!

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!


Win It!

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!


Weave It!

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.

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