Gender gap economics

She Will Connect is a digital movement to empower women throughout Africa.

01 November 2016

With so many initiatives aiming to bridge the gender gap within the technology sector, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the fact that it all feels familiar: coding workshops and weekend bootcamps repetitively encouraging girls to pick STEM subjects and empathy-driven corporate social responsibility projects. While every initiative has taken a stab at improving diversity issues from the ground up, the fact remains that women are still underrepresented in tech globally.

The African divide is even bigger. In 2012, a study funded by Intel found that women in developing countries are nearly 25% less likely to be online than men. The gap in some areas of the world was even higher – Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, stopped at 43%.

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