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PH executive praises UN meeting for efforts to close gender digital divide

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During the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) in New York, a representative of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) emphasized the Philippine government’s efforts to close the digital gender gap and division.

The Philippines is leading Asian nations in decreasing the gender gap, according to a statement released on Monday by DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo, who is a member of the Filipino Delegation to the CSW67. The Philippines was rated 19th internationally in the 2022 Global Gender Gap Report.

Lamentillo was one of the panelists at the ministerial roundtable discussion on “Good practices in addressing barriers to bridge the gender digital divide and promote education in the digital age for achieving gender equality” that took place during the CSW67, which took place from March 6 to 17. The CSW67 was held from March 6 to 17.

She listed a number of laws from the Philippines, including the Magna Carta of Women, the Anti-Discrimination Against Women Act, the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law, and the Safe Spaces Act, that foster an environment where women’s and girls’ rights and safety are encouraged and safeguarded.

The DICT also runs initiatives aimed at closing the digital divide, like Free Wi-Fi for All, which has more than 4,000 live locations around the country, the Tech4ED project, and DigitalJobsPH, which enhances ICT services in rural regions.

She also brought up the Digital Cities 2025 initiative, which aims to increase the business process management (BPM) and information technology (IT-BPM) sectors while boosting regional economies in rural areas.

“These regulations influence the initiatives that the Philippine government funds to promote gender equality and digital inclusion. Programs to bridge the gender gap in technology and the digital divide have been put into place by our DICT, she said.

She stated that while these programs aim to promote digital inclusion, it is important to make sure that they also address the gender gap in the digital sphere.

Thus, the Women and ICT Development Index Survey 2022 was carried out by the DICT and the Philippines Statistics Authority. It is the first nationwide survey of its kind and intends to produce indicators of how women are able to access and use ICTs.

The Philippine government is dedicated to ensuring that no one is left behind and that everyone, regardless of gender, has access to and can fully participate in the digital economy, according to Lamentillo. This is done through policies, programs, and initiatives that prioritize digital inclusion and gender equality.

Results from the study will provide as a thorough evidence base for ICT policies, initiatives, and programs that are more gender-responsive.

The CSW is the main intergovernmental organization in the world that is solely focused on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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