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Digital Divides, Gender and

Research shows that women in developing countries typically have lower technology participation rates than men. This is, in part, the result of entrenched sociocultural attitudes about the role of women in society. This entry offers an overview of the gender digital divide, focusing specifically on the challenges faced by women in developing countries in terms of access to and participation in the online world.

Defining the Digital Divide

The digital divide has been defined as both a skill gap and a gap of physical access to information technology, and these two gaps can contribute to each other in circular causation. One needs access to technology to develop technical skills, and yet it is pointless to have access to technology without having the skills to use it.

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