Gender equality in digital competences


Digital skills have increasingly become a basis for global competitiveness, boosting jobs and growth. Digital societies require digital competencies if they are to ensure full participation of people in social and working life. The internet has been of paramount importance in working towards high-quality education at all levels, while the COVID-19 crisis has shown that most jobs can be done remotely using technology (source European Institute for Gender Equality). Around the world, gender gaps in digital skills are growing, despite national and international efforts to eliminate them.

Moreover, while the gender gap in digital skills is evident in all regions and income levels, it is more severe for young women, less educated, poor or living in rural areas and developing countries. Furthermore, interest and perceived need are closely related to knowledge, as people who have little experience or understanding of ICTs tend to underestimate their benefits and usefulness.

The general objective is to ensure equitable, inclusive and high quality digital skills education and training for women. Furthermore, we attempt To give visibility to the severity of the gender gap in digital skills; To promote digital skills among groups of young women with basic or low levels of digital skills; To increase opportunities for women to enter the labour market with basic digital skills; To influence the current digital ecosystem by increasing the presence of women; etc.