[Replay] Next Normal: Gender Equality

The state of the gender digital divide during COVID-19

A substantial divide persists between women and men and between girls and boys in Internet access and use. The latest estimates from the ITU suggest that women globally are 12% less likely than men to have Internet access. Addressing the gender digital divide is crucial to ensuring sustainability of women’s livelihood. This is particularly the case during crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, when connectivity is key. At times like this, we need to emphasize the importance of digital access for women.

During this webinar, we explore the current pandemic through a gender lens to understand how the economic downturn will likely aggravate existing gender inequalities; we examine this specifically in the gender digital divide and education sphere.

Discussion topics

  • The impact of COVID-19 on gender equality
  • Understanding the gender digital divide and why closing the skills gap matters
  • COVID-19’s impact on women and girls in the education sphere


Alice Brisset

Alice Brisset
Marketing Specialist
Orange Silicon Valley
Email: alice.brisset@orange.com

Lucina Di Meco

Lucina Di Meco
Senior Director, Girls' Education & Gender Equality
Room to Read

Paula Uniacke

Paula Uniacke
Senior Program Officer, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality
The Asia Foundation


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The Next Normal series is produced by Orange Silicon Valley, the innovation division of the Orange Group that collaborates with startups, investors, entrepreneurs, and enterprises. Building on Orange’s 20+ years of immersion in Silicon Valley, the webinars will help executives at the Fortune 500 understand Silicon Valley’s impact on the global digital economy. We extend these webinars to Orange Business customers for complimentary thought leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Orange Silicon Valley brings together corporations to access Silicon Valley innovation through the expertise, startup network and scalability of Orange Business through the xForce co-innovation program. Interested in learning more about xForce? Contact David Martin: david1.martin@orange.com.