This series features short interviews with the authors of the Gender Strategy Thematic Policy Notes. The notes provide an analytical groundwork for the World Bank Group Gender Strategy 2024-2030, and summarize key evidence on thematic issues, promising areas for future engagement on promoting gender equality and empowerment.
In this interview, Qursum Qasim, Private Sector Specialist in the World Bank’s East Africa team, and Clara Aranda, Disruptive Technologies Specialist, illustrate the key factors driving gender gaps in access to digital technology. They share examples of some promising interventions that can help close these gaps, such as ensuring that women and girls have access to STEM education, and equipping women entrepreneurs with targeted training programs, including more advanced digital skills programs.
"Expanding connectivity can contribute to reducing poverty but it can also increase women's participation in the labor force."