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Technology is a women's rights issue

As technology becomes an increasingly essential part of every aspect of human existence, the ability to access, navigate, and shape technology is critical to women’s participation in all sectors of society. Yet there is a serious gender divide when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence. Women and girls are missing, excluded, and dropping out of the movement.

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Technology is a women's rights issue

As technology becomes an increasingly essential part of every aspect of human existence, the ability to access, navigate, and shape technology is critical to women’s participation in all sectors of society. Yet there is a serious gender divide when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence. Women and girls are missing, excluded, and dropping out of the movement.
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A global technology revolution is taking place, and if women and girls aren’t part of it, the future for women’s human rights is bleak. Currently there is a major gender gap in the world of technology that must be remedied. The results of this gender technology gap are two-fold. First, women and girls experience inequality because they are less able to access and use existing technology, making it increasingly difficult for them to access and participate in education, politics, healthcare and economic and community life. Second, because women and girls have effectively been left on the sidelines of the global technology revolution — considered “consumers” but not “creators”—today’s technology does not reflect the diversity of women’s experiences, imagination, or ingenuity. By limiting the participation of women and girls in science and technology, we too often limit ourselves to only half of the world’s ideas.

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