Video | Watch the ‘WEB WOMEN WANT’ Panel Session at Social Media Week Lagos 2014 #SMWLagos

As proven by a recent report, “Gender barriers are real. One in five women in India and Egypt believes the Internet is not “appropriate” for them. On average across the developing world, nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45 percent in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa.

There are also gaps regarding the way women participate in the core infrastructures of the web: according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), even though women hold more than 60 per cent of Information and Communication Technology-related jobs in OECD countries, only 10 to 20 per cent are computer programmers, engineers, systems analysts or designers.

And on top of that, even if there are very relevant women thinkers, tinkers and makers of the Internet, their voices are rarely in the mainstream. We will give women whose leadership and expertise are very relevant to shape the Web We Want, a microphone, a floor and an opportunity to tell us about what Web they Want; the features it will have, how they imagine the solutions to the challenges we face today. This will be a women-only panel.


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