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Intel announces ‘She Will Connect’ initiative to reduce online gender gap

Intel has announced a new program aimed at expanding digital literacy. Millions of girls around the world have little or no access to education. 'She Will Connect' is a new program that commits to expanding digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries.
intel gender gap she will connect initiative women on the webCredit: Intel Women on the Web report

On average across the developing world almost 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet. In regions like Sub-Saharan Africa the gap is almost 45 percent. It will make an economic difference too. The Internet contribution to global GDP is greater than the GDP of Canada.

Through access to technology, scholarships and community learning programs, Intel intends to provide girls and women with opportunities for quality education and personal growth.

Intel is going to begin its initiative in Africa, working with a range of partners including global and local NGOs and governments. Here the gender gap is the greatest. It aims to reach 5 million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 percent.

    “The Internet has transformed the lives of billions of people,” ~ Shelly Esque, vice president, Intel Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation.

Intel and the Intel Foundation has invested more than $1 billion in this initiative to date.

In the last ten years Intel employees have donated close to 3 million volunteer hours towards improving education in more than 60 countries.

Securing Internet access for women would demonstrate both social and economic benefits for this group.

The She Will Connect initiative will provide digital literacy skills to girls and women and expand the digital literacy agenda in a scalable way.

“The Internet has transformed the lives of billions of people,” said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation.

“It functions as a gateway to ideas, resources and opportunities that never could have been realized before, but our research shows that girls and women are being left behind. We believe that closing the Internet gender gap has tremendous potential to empower women and enrich their lives as well as all the lives they touch.”
Source: ZDNet