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8 authentic resources on Social Media & ICT reducing gender gaps


This is a list of top 8 academic resources on how Social Media and ICT solutions help reduce gender gaps. ICT flattened the world for women around the globe. The digital sector offers creative ways for women to aspire towards their dreams and reach out for business opportunities across the world. The world is no longer satisfied with mere digital literacy and has moved into an era of digital  fluency. However the gender disparity is still wide in the digital jobs sector, rural settings, etc. and needs increased focus.

Digital fluency is an effective tool to close the gender gap, enhance skill expression and reduce disparity for women at work and in society. Young women from more conservative societies are breaking out of their silos (even those segregated within the four walls of their homes) to embrace a more inclusive digital economy.

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#1 Mainstreaming Gender in the use of ICTs for Agriculture & Rural

Rural women face multiple difficulties overcoming the digital divide. This study examines the scope of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in bridging the gender gap in the agricultural sector. It offers key strategies for better assimilation of women in digital solutions.

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#2 Social media and the end of gender

Ted talk by Johanna Blakley, Deputy Director of the Norman Lear Center (a media-focused think tank at the University of Southern California) in 2010. Blakley talks of the rigid segregated gender labels that media companies promote. This has created presumptions about likes or dislikes of certain demographics, while completely ignoring others. With women driving social media statistics today, the future of women in media looks very different.

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#3 Underlying causes of the digital gender gap & possible solutions

This research paper commissioned by the European Parliament discusses the usefulness of ICT tools in socio-economic development for women in today's "knowledge society". However digital engagement needs to be tailored to the unique needs pertaining to individual, social and cultural factors. The study looks at prevalent gendered characteristics of ICTs, and provides recommendations on overcoming the digital gender divide.
Reference:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2018/604940/IPOL_STU%282018%29604940_EN.pdf

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#4 Women in ICT

Women in ICT is a briefing paper commissioned by the European Parliament, showcasing best practice examples on how to attract women into ICT-related education program and subsequently to jobs in ICT. Women are seen as highly potential candidates to fill in the expanding portfolio of the digital sector.
Reference: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/note/join/2012/462469/IPOL-FEMM_NT%282012%29462469_EN.pdf

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#5 Digital Jobs for Youth: Young women in the digital economy

This report by Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) in coalition with the World Bank and others gives implementable suggestions of gender-focused digital employment opportunities for young women. Digital solutions can help combat gender imbalance by building capacity of women in ICT, reduce mobility constraints and fight restrictive gender norms - bringing social and economic transformation.

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#6 Women Empowerment through technology and SM

This article by Mira Daher talks of how women in more conservative societies can overcome restrictive cultural norms and traditions via digital platforms. Social media and the internet has helped empower young Lebanese women to amplify their voice and seek new opportunities beyond their domestic threshold. Participation in digital activism has helped them enable change at a micro-level within their communities and paved way for greater success.

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#7 How mobile learning initiatives can empower women

This 2017 journal article by Helen Crompton, Asst. Professor of Instructional Technology, Old Dominion University, aligns itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls, through the use of mobile learning initiatives. Access to mobile devices and informational apps help build knowledge and improve literacy skills among women.
Reference: https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/teachinglearning_fac_pubs/58

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#8 Measuring ICT and Gender: An assessment

This report by UNCTAD provides gender-disaggregated digital statistics. This data is aimed at filling the relational information gap between gender statistics and ICT statistics. The Task Group on Gender seeks to bring awareness at Policy level with this knowledge and to address gender gaps within the ICT economy.

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