Aspen Digital

A $1 Trillion Opportunity

Women, Girls, and Digital Inclusion

Two young people wearing head scarves sit interacting with one another, one on a smartphone and the other on a laptop computer.
July 11, 2023

Women’s exclusion from the digital world has shaved $1 trillion from the GDP of low- and middle-income countries in the last decade. In a future where over 90% of jobs worldwide have a digital component, women’s access to and fluency with technology is a major barrier to education, economic opportunities, healthcare access, and gender parity.

On 11 July 2023, the Digital Equity Accelerator explored:

  • Why women and girls experience barriers to technology access and use around the world
  • How social and economic progress can be achieved through digital inclusion interventions
  • How countries and communities can benefit by designing with and for women
  • Examples of organizations from Africa and Asia poised to scale their reach and impact in serving women

The Digital Equity Accelerator, an initiative of Aspen Digital in collaboration with HP Inc., fuels social innovation by investing in local NGOs working to address social and economic injustices that are exacerbated by unequal technology access and use around the world.

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