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Gender Technology Gap

  • Vaid's ICS, Lucknow
  • 26, Oct 2021
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Why in News?

After the pandemic, access to technology has become crucial in ensuring public health and safety, as information and access to health care have moved online.

Key points:

  1. According to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), over 390 million women in low- and middle-income countries do not have Internet access.
  2. In India, only 14.9% of women have access to the Internet.
  3. The mandatory online appointment booking for vaccination led to 17% more men than women having been vaccinated.


  1. According to GSMA, closing the gender gap in mobile Internet usage in low- and middle-income countries would increase GDP by U.S.$700.
  2. Women and girls are the largest consumer groups left out of technology and could be major profit drivers.


  1. Male members of the family normally have access to a shared digital devices because of
  • Cultural beliefs.
  • Expected challenge to patriarchal societies.
  • Belief that online content can be dangerous for women.
  1. So, men and boys are more likely to get timely Covid 19 information than women and girls.

UN Women Initiatives:

  • Feminist technology (femtech) is an approach to technology and innovation that is inclusive, informed and responsive to the entire community.
  • UN Women is partnering with the private sector for a more equitable future for all.
  • Digital empowerment programmes like EQUALS and International Girls in ICT Day are aimed at making more girls
  • Choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as their academic focus.
  • Enter digital technology careers.
  • Aspire women to be the next leaders in digital technology.

National Maritime Heritage Complex

  • To showcase the maritime heritage and history of India, a National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) will be developed in Lothal region of Gujarat.
  • For this, the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture.
  • NMHC will be dedicated to the maritime heritage of India and this will showcase India’s rich as well as diverse maritime glory.
  • Lothal was one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. Taking this in account, all exhibitions will range from this era till present, depicting evolution.