Google’s road to making the internet gender equitable

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The internet may be more easily accessible to everyone nowadays, but research shows that it is not gender equitable. According to a study made by Google, there are certain factors hindering women from going online such as lack of relevant content and communities, privacy, and safety.

A lot of women cannot go online because they do not have free time or the permission to do so. As backwards as it sounds, there are some cultures that perceive the internet as a distraction to women’s socially-accepted responsibility.

If they are able to connect to the internet, they are unable to find enough relevant content, as well as niche communities that support their needs and interests.

The research also says women are also hesitant to participate in online discussions because of fear of exposing their privacy and compromising their safety. To add to that, there’s worry of misinterpretation and online harassment, too.

The Philippines ranks as the 16th most gender equal country in the world and the most gender equal country in Asia according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020. But still, studies suggest and recognize there’s still a need to five women fair opportunities and resources online.

Championing the Filipina’s potential

In the country, Digiskarteng Pinay project aims to help Filipinas learn new skills in their own time and at their own pace with upskilling videos on YouTube. The online program encourages the ladies to learn and diversify their skill sets to provide for their families and grow as members of society.

The channel is a joint initiative of various non-profit organizations, government agencies, brands, and local creators. It houses curated local content centered around upskilling and educational topics like family nutrition, recipe videos, financial literacy lessons, DIY craft tutorials, coding and technical skills, livelihood, and more.

The study was conducted for over a year with nearly 4000 participants across the gender spectrum, including cis women, trans women, and men. View the full report with executive summary on g.co/genderequityonline.

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