Bridging the Gender Gap in Serbia

We are delighted that our project, Digitally Unconnected Gender Gap (DUGG) has been chosen by the Internet Society as part of the Beyond the Net Funding Programme to work on digital gender issues in Serbia.
The gender digital gap is widely present in Serbia, but the lack of research data and statistics are making this problem invisible, both from the ones dealing with women’s rights, and the ones who are fighting for a just, accessible, and safe Internet for everyone. Our team will connect these two activists’ fields in order to put the light on the issue!
Through these project activities, the team from Serbia Chapter will be dedicated to explore how ICT technologies and Internet can play a role in decreasing the existing gender digital gap and how to take into consideration gender awareness in developing new and evolving technologies.
As women comprise half of the world’s population, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) should address each of the goals through a gendered lens. The DUGG plans to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), and 9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructures). However, if applications and services are developed by women, they would be more relevant to their specific needs and context, which would in turn attract more women to the digital economy and social networks. With DUGG, we seek to address the social gender dimension online, especially, how young girls and women are navigating new technologies in low income countries, such as Serbia.
The main objective of this project is to determine how new technologies such as the ICT can be major catalysts to reduce the existing gender digital gap in Serbia, and empower users across genders in the adoption of new technologies, for education and entrepreneurship. We will study the cause and effect of the gender-based digital divide, and how to mitigate them through novel solutions driven by a strong gender dimension in order to achieve a sustainable development that includes and benefits both women and men.
Thus, DUGG will become an active contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals and to the Internet Society local and global community by proving the social and economic profitability of digital inclusion of all people of the society.
Stay tuned and follow our updates as we’ll write more about the project as we progress into it, in 2019.
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