In January 2013, Intel released “Women and the Web,” a report developed in collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, UN Women and World Pulse, a global network for women. The study revealed a drastic gender gap in the adoption of technology and the Internet in developing countries – in places like Africa, that gender gap grows to almost 45 percent fewer women than men.
In response to these findings, today Intel announced She Will Connect, a new program that commits to expanding digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries. Intel will begin the initiative in Africa, where the gender gap is the greatest, by aiming to reach 5 million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 percent. To achieve this, Intel will work with a diverse set of partners to implement an online gaming platform for digital literacy and connect women to a safe and supportive peer network.
In conjunction with She Will Connect, Intel pledged a 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, which was announced by Hillary Clinton during last week’s CGI Annual Meeting, and is celebrating the United Nations’ second International Day of the Girl on October 11. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl emphasizes the importance of girls’ education worldwide.
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