EQUALS Inaugural Report

The EQUALS Research Group Inaugural Report aims to assess the current landscape of gender equality as it relates to the three EQUALS Coalitions – Access, Skills, and Leadership – and discuss a range of topic areas that are pertinent to efforts to improve gender digital equality.

State of Gender Digital Equality: Access, Skills, and Leadership
The first chapter of the report examines the state of disaggregated tech data in the areas of access, skills, and leadership. It starts from the premise that there is a general dearth of relevant, reliable, and comparable gender-disaggregated data on these three action areas, a challenge that has been noted by several scholars and agencies. Beyond identifying data gaps, the report aims to highlight the gender tech equality problems related to access, skills, and leadership.

Accounting for the Broader Gender Spectrum
This chapter of the report examines the relevance of the broadening gender spectrum for gender equality efforts in ICT. Key issues include understanding the recent global trends in the protection of gender and sexual minorities, the problem of data collection that arise with the broader gender spectrum, and other related issues.

Accessibility, Intersectionality and Universal Design
This chapter focuses on the relationship between the digital gender gap and other forms of social disadvantage and discrimination. It examines the use of the concept of universal design as a basis for promoting both access to and the accessibility of ICT for women with disabilities and as a framework for understanding the overlapping forms of discrimination that women with disabilities experience accessing and using ICT.

Gender Digital Equality from the Life Course Perspective
This chapter will introduce the concept of “life course” and explain why it is important to approach the gender digital equality from the life course perspective.

Children, Youth, and the Internet
This chapter will present a qualitative framework developed by the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br) for understanding uses of ICT by the young population through a gender perspective.

Skills Development in the Digital Economy: Young Women’s Experience Within the Call Center Industry in South Africa
This research project draws on a feminist lens and feminist principles to explore the participation of young women in the call-center industry in the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. It explores the impact of the call-center industry on skill development among young women who are working in this sector.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as Learning Platforms for Women to Improve Their Technical, Business, and Leadership Skills
The purpose of this chapter is to critically reflect on the potential offered by Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to promote the education and employability of women in developing countries.

A Gender Perspective on Innovation Technology and Food Security in Crisis Contexts
This chapter will address the barriers and constraints to women in accessing agricultural information for food security and provide examples of successful approaches for reaching women with information that helps them improve their wellbeing and increase agricultural production.

Gender, Technology Transfer and Wealth Creation
This research aims to understand the key success factors of thriving women in innovation space and the elements that have been instrumental in their socio-economic entourage in order to help define a possible route map that enables a higher level of wealth creation by women through technology transfer.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Gender Equality
This chapter examines the gendered implications of AI in low and middle-income countries with a particular emphasis on Africa. We will draw on interviews with persons involved in AI in civil society, the private sector, and academia from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Our aim is to look at the nascent AI sectors in each of these countries in terms of diversity, access and use of AI and how these relate to existing gender inequalities.

Historicizing Women in STEM and Digital Labor
By examining women’s lived experiences of ICTs and the materiality of technology, this chapter critically examines assumptions often implicit in initiatives that aim to provide increased access to ICTs through participation in digital labor.

A Gender Perspective of Security and Privacy in the Digital Age
This chapter explores the fundamental notions of digital security and privacy from a gender perspective. In a world that is increasingly relying on digital technologies, developing a knowledge and understanding of how to protect oneself when online is of paramount importance.