Women’s Rights Online: Translating Access into Empowerment

The World Wide Web Foundation has released its final report on women’s rights online. As the Foundation describes, “the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries, found that while nearly all women and men own a phone, women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the Internet than men in the same communities, with Internet use reported by just 37% of women surveyed. Once online, women are 30-50% less likely than men to use the Internet to increase their income or participate in public life.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

An infographic summarizing the major findings can be viewed here.