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Participation of region’s women lags behind men in digital economy in the Caribbean

In several Latin American and Caribbean countries, women equal men in terms of Internet access, but are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to using it.

This limits the personal and professional development of women, as well as the growth with equality of the region’s countries as part of a new technological paradigm — according to a new study presented Monday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Average Internet usage rates among women are 8.5 per cent lower than among men in 10 countries with information available. This is according to the document Women in the digital economy: breaking through the equality threshold, the conclusions of which formed the basis for discussion at the five-day twelfth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which ends today in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The digital economy includes telecommunications infrastructure (particularly broadband networks), information and communications technology (ICT) industries (hardware, software and applications) and the level of users’ digital literacy.

In recent years, all countries saw an increase in the number of men and women reporting using the Internet from any access point. The gap between the two sexes only narrowed, however, in Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. The gap widened in the other countries. The difference between men and women is almost five per cent (39.3 per cent versus 44 per cent) in Chile — which has one of the highest Internet usage rates overall. In Peru, 26 per cent of women and 34.1 per cent of men report using the Internet.

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