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Gender access disparity widens in Africa

Internet access has continued to widen on the continent of Africa despite efforts to bridge the gap between all genders, reports ITRealms.

The latest revelation is coming at the commencement of the meeting of Commission's fall session in New York City which took off yesterday, Sunday, 17 September.

ITRealms also reports that recent studies though showed that the disparities in gender access are becoming wider in developing countries, especially in Africa.

The UN report also decried the growing digital inequality between developed and developing countries.

While 48 per cent of the global population is now online, some 3.9 billion people still do not have access to the Internet – with the digital gap growing between developed and developing countries.

According to UN estimates, Internet penetration in the developing world is projected to reach 41.3 per cent by the end of 2017, while Internet user penetration is projected to reach only 17.5 per cent in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2017.

ITRealms also gathered that in the gender divides overview, men have continued to outnumber women in terms of Internet usage worldwide, though women now outnumber men in Internet usage in the Americas.

Commenting on the report, the Secretary-General if the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Mr. Houlin Zhao, and who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission said "Broadband is crucial to connecting people to the resources needed to improve their livelihoods, and to the world achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”


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Pix: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

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