Typifying Mechanisms for Gender Digital Equity in Latin America

TítuloTypifying Mechanisms for Gender Digital Equity in Latin America
Tipo de publicaciónBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AutoresMarín-Raventós, G, Calderón-Campos, M
EditorMata, FJ, Pont, A
Book TitleICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN Number978-3-319-44447-5
Palabras claveDigital divide, Digital equity, ICT and gender, Inequity

Gender digital equity in Latin America and the Caribbean is our goal. We analyze gender specific structural inequalities that constitute barriers for women’s access to ICT: such as education, traditional cultural beliefs and practices, and economic inequality. We argue also that male-dominated ICT design and implementation (functionality, content, and human-computer interaction) can inhibit gender digital equity. We present a model to typify the existing mechanisms for reaching gender digital equity and propose a new mechanism: creating gender consciousness in ICT design and construction, and attracting women to the ICT field. The proposed model reflects the four mechanisms and depicts the possible means through which they can be implemented. Moreover, the model appoints actors capable of and responsible for such means. Recommendations for the ICT community regarding gender digital equity are also included.