Policy Brief
08 Dec 2021
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The Digital Gender Gap in HealthCare: Progress, Challenges, and Policy Implications

Ronald Musizvingoza and Calum Handforth
Ronald Musizvingoza and Calum Handforth
Global
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What you'll learn
Closing the digital gap

The digital gender gap, if left unaddressed, has the potential to exacerbate existing health inequities.

  • Closing the digital gender gap requires a multifaceted approach to address all the intersectional inequalities faced by women and girls from diverse backgrounds.
  • This entails finding ways, and implementing solutions, to include women and girls in the design of digital health interventions.
  • This policy brief include recommendations to help policymakers close the digital gap.
Key recommendations
1
Understand and address
Understand and address
The harmful gender norms, practices, and stereotypes that hinder women’s safe and meaningful use of digital technology.
2
Establish
Establish
More inclusive and gender responsive education and digital training that focus on the specific needs of women.
3
Develop
Develop
Laws, policies, and strategies that support women to stay online including laws to protect online rights, and preventing cyberbullying and sexual harassment.
4
Ensure
Ensure
The collection of gender-disaggregated data on the digital gender gap – considering other intersectional factors – to inform policy and business decisions that seek to close the digital gender gap.

The digital gender gap is driven by unequal gender power relations and discrimination commonly found offline in many societies. These are further reinforced by a complex set of social, cultural, economic, political, and legal barriers that negatively affect women and girls’ access to and ownership of digital technologies.

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