Digi gender divide worsened in India in recent years, says report

Gender gap score declined between 2014 and 2021

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
mobile ownership

The digital divide, of course, persists between rural and urban areas. In 2021, only 37 per cent of the rural populace was active on the internet, compared with 69 per cent in urban areas

The Indian market might be the second largest in terms of active mobile broadband subscriptions after the African continent and the fastest growing in the world, but the digital divide between the genders is not only high, it is growing.
A report, titled State of India’s Digital Economy 2023, presented by ICRIER Prosus Centre for Internet and the Digital Economy (IPCIDE) on Friday points out that India has the lowest gender parity in access to mobile ownership among the G20 countries and this disparity has worsened in recent years.
India’s gender gap score in mobile ownership has fallen from around 75 in 2014 to over 50 in 2021. In 2014 Indonesia (was as low as 20) and South Africa were below India, but both have overtaken India and improved their scores. In the case of South Africa it has seen a dramatic improvement with the scores jumping from 20 to over 70 between 2014 and 2021. All other countries –
except Japan, w

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