Women in the digital economy: breaking through the equality threshold

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Women in the digital economy: breaking through the equality threshold

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Prepared by ECLAC for the twelfth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, this document systematizes and describes various dimensions that shape the way the region's women participate in the labour market and how they access and use the different elements of the digital economy. Information and communications technologies (ICTs); provide essential support across all economic, political, cultural and social activity, as well as being a production sector in their own right. As such, they are potential allies in the drive to achieve equality by helping reduce the gender inequities which constitute not only a gender digital gap but also a social divide. Public policies on gender equality must take into account the key and interconnected dimensions of economy, well-being and technology if they are to be capable of providing an ambitious and innovative response to the challenges of today's society. The core argument in the reflection on ICTs and gender equality thus has to do with how women engage in processes of change and sustainable development in the countries, which cannot be achieved without equal participation by men and women. From this perspective, the gender digital gap offers a specific opportunity to tackle gender inequalities in the region.

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Introduction. -- I. Women in the information and knowledge society: opportunities and challenges .-- II. Where are women in the economy? Work, employment and access to and use of information and communication technologies .-- III. Women in the digital economy .-- IV. Women in the world of science and knowledge .-- V. Information and communications technologies: tools for achieving gender equality .-- VI. Digital agendas and the gender perspective .-- Conclusions.