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The effects of digitalization on gender equality in the G20 economies

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  • Urvashi Aneja; Susan Coleman; Vidisha Mishra; Alicia Robb
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Title The effects of digitalization on gender equality in the G20 economies
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Urvashi Aneja; Susan Coleman; Vidisha Mishra; Alicia Robb

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[Kiel, Germany] : Women20

Date 2017-05
Pages 167
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Gender
Holding Kiel Institute for World Economy
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Abstract

This study investigates how the digital revolution, which is characterized by artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and mobile robotics, will affect gender equality in G20 countries, and how governments and non-governmental initiatives may exploit the new digital technologies to narrow these gender gaps in the future. The study focuses on four areas to derive its policy recommendations. First, it assesses if digital technologies will affect gender equality in the foreseeable future by replacing women’s jobs to a different extent than men’s jobs. Second, it determines the state of the art in gender equality and gender-oriented policies in labor markets, financial inclusion and entrepreneurship in the G20 countries. Third, it identifies deficits in women’s digital inclusion that may impair the effectiveness of digitally empowered gender policies. It also shows how digital technologies may empower women. And fourth, it provides three detailed case studies.
The results of the study corroborate several earlier studies in recommending the G20 to provide universal, affordable, secure and open broadband internet access; foster women’s digital literacy; encourage more women to go into tertiary education and STEM occupations; facilitate web-based female entrepreneurship; and empower women financially through innovative digital finance tools and e-government.