Governments, civil society leaders, corporations and change makers have been urged to address the digital barriers that girls face so as to ensure girls enjoy freedom of expression, joy, and boundless potential.
This comes as the world today celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme, ‘Digital generation. Our generation’.
The reason behind the celebration of International Day of the Girl Child is to give proper education, healthcare, learning, opportunities to young girls and women.
According to the United Nations, girls are more likely to be cut off, pointing to a gender divide within the digital divide. It was also stated that girls are less likely than boys to be given devices, which affects their numbers in tech-related skills and jobs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also seen most businesses, educational and health services moving online, resulting in most girls failing to access those services because most of them do not have access to the internet.
In a statement the United Nations said: “The pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities. The gender digital divide in connectivity, devices and use, skills and jobs is real. It is an inequity and exclusion gap across geographies and generations that is our challenge to address if the digital revolution is to be for all, with all, by all. Let’s seize the momentum to drive action and accountability of commitments made, for and with girls to achieve a bold vision of bridging the digital gender divide.”
“Let’s amplify the diversity of these tech trailblazers while simultaneously widening the pathways so that every girl, this generation of girls – regardless of race, gender, language, ability, economic status and geographic origin – lives their full potential,” said the United Nations.