The open access to the internet is one of the main equalizing tools of our generation, with the powerful capabilities the Internet enables – to connect, to learn, to engage, to increase productivity, it has the power to transform the lives of billions (no doubt about it), it functions as a gateway to ideas, resources, and opportunities that never could have been realized before, let alone fathomed. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, there are still fewer women than men has Internet access, especially in the developing country.
Women and girls lag behind men in Internet access causing them to miss out on the economic and social benefits of being online. Across the developing world, there are about 25 percent fewer women than men online. In some areas the gap is even greater, with a 43 percent gap in sub-Saharan Africa, a 34 percent gap in the Middle East and North Africa, and a 33 percent gap in South Asia.
From below infographic you can see, gender barriers are real. One in five women in India and Egypt believes the Internet is not “appropriate” for them.