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ERIA Policy Brief

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

Women’s Participation in the Digital Economy: Improving Access to Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Across ASEAN

Giulia Ajmone Marsan and Araba Sey

This policy brief provides evidence of the persistent digital gender divide across ASEAN and explains how it is of key importance to close this divide in order to ‘build back better’ based on more inclusive digital economies during the post pandemic economic recovery. This calls for a region-wide policy strategy and action plan to maximize access to skills, entrepreneurship, and leadership positions for girls and women in the digital economy across ASEAN. This policy brief is based on the discussion paper ‘Gender Digital Equality Across ASEAN’ prepared by Dr Araba Sey for ERIA’s Strategy and Partnership Programme.

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ERIA marks the International Women’s Day by releasing a video on access and participation of women in the digital economy across ASEAN, based on findings from recent ERIA publications.

The ASEAN region is one of the fastest-growing digital economies in the world, and this transition towards digital technologies is being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To build inclusive digital economies and societies, it is crucial for women to have equal access to opportunities offered by digital technologies, especially in terms of more sophisticated forms of access, such as access to skills, entrepreneurship opportunity and leadership positions in both the private and the public sector. Equal representation in policymaking bodies regulating and shaping the digital economy is also crucial to make sure different points of views are taken into account and to effectively tackle potential biases and discriminations associated with new digital tools affecting women. The video has been realized thanks to the financial support of Australian Aid.

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