Bridging the Digital Gender Divide in Africa: A policy brief for the summit of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2010
African Heads of States and Governments gather in Addis Ababa for the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union at a time when the continent faces a huge digital divide. African women are disproportionately affected by this divide. The Summit’s theme ‘Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development’ is therefore quite pertinent. However, deliberations on the theme without explicit focus on women’s access to these technologies will overlook a critical aspect of Africa’s development. This policy brief examines the gender-differentiated impact of ICTs in Africa, and
makes seventeen key recommendations to national delegations, and private and civil society organizations.
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