Accelerating Gender Equality: Towards a #DigitALL Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka
The digitization of our lives and economies are transforming businesses, governments, and markets and how people work and learn. In South Asia, digital technologies are expanding national digital economies and creating jobs, opening access to markets, information, and services, while allowing businesses and governments to deliver innovative services to more people.
However, the potential of digitization across South Asia remains untapped and unequal, especially between men and women. Gender participation in the digital economy include gaps in digital literacy and skills, gaps in affordable access to devices and services, and increased risks of misinformation and online violence. These challenges and barriers mean that women do not fully benefit from digital opportunity, limiting their ability to take advantage of technology for inclusive and resilient development.
South Asian countries have the opportunity to embrace gender inclusivity in digitization by creating enablers and safeguards that will drive digital inclusion while also protecting against exclusion, cyberthreats and risks to misinformation.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, the World Bank Country Teams for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka hosted a virtual talk to discuss how improved digital capabilities can accelerate gender equality in the region. The event was organized by the World Bank Group’s Global Practices for Social Sustainability Inclusion (SSI) and Digital Development.
The talk centered around the experiences of the three countries and the broader South Asia region. The panel included researchers and practitioners who discussed the challenges and barriers, as well as innovative ideas to create a safe and inclusive digital economy for women. They also explored intersectional issues within the digital gender gap and broader economic and social inequalities.
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2023
Opening remarks by Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Ayesha Zainudeen, Senior Research Manager, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka
Nhasala Joshi, Co-Founder, Women Leaders in Technology, Nepal
Niuma Faiz, Co-Founder and President, Women in Tech, Maldives
Mansi Kedia, Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Delhi, India (Moderator)
Q and A
Closing remarks and vote of thanks by Lada Strelkova, World Bank Operations Manager for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and Chiyo Kanda, World Bank Country Manager for Maldives and Sri Lanka