G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting results in a declaration to address the challenges of the digital economy
In late August 2018, member countries of the G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Salta, Argentina, released a declaration recognizing the role of different stakeholders in addressing the challenges of the digital economy.
In the declaration, there is a section focused on bridging the Digital Gender Divide, where governments expressed their intention to welcome and encourage policies for boosting the integration of women in the digital economy. Nine actions were suggested for this:
- Increasing awareness about the digital gender divide and stereotypes
- Encouraging gathering sex-disaggregated data to enable better policy-making
- Promoting digital skills to include women in the industry
- Targeting women lagging in digital access and use
- Supporting women’s digital entrepreneurship
- Encouraging public-private collaboration to invite girls to STEM fields
- Addressing cyber-violence towards girls and women
- Using digital tools to address the digital divide
- Continuing to collaborate with other G20 countries to empower girls and women through ICTs
Other priorities established in the document include improving the efforts to establish digital infrastructure for empowering all people, leveraging emerging digital technologies such as the Internet of Things or Artificial Intelligence, and promoting digital entrepreneurship.
During the event, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi urged states to promote digital inclusion and stated that “while we are seeing hyper-digitalization in some parts of the world, we still have other parts of the world where millions have not even climbed the first rung of the digital ladder.”
Download the full G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration