2018 EQUALS Access Coalition Progress Report

Internet penetration rates are higher for men than women in all regions of the world today. The digital gender gap for internet access in developed countries is estimated to be 3%, while in LDCs (least developed countries), where internet access tends to be very low, the gap is estimated at 33%. Women are also less likely than men to own or use a mobile phone, the most common tool to access the internet in developing countries. 

The gender gap in internet access and use is not going to close on its own and requires targeted intervention by all stakeholders. The EQUALS Access Coalition focus is to reduce the gender gap in internet access and use to empower women and reduce inequality.
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