Cameroon: Internet Without Borders' New Report Shines Light onto Reality of Women’s Internet Use

Women are 50% less likely than men to access the Web in developing countries, and 30-50% less likely to use the Internet to increase their income or participate in public life, finds Web Foundation and Internet Without Borders report.

New research by the Web Foundation, established by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in partnership with Internet Sans Frontières shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology.
The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries*, including Camreoon, found that nearly all women and men own a phone, but women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the Internet than men in the same communities, with Internet use reported by just 36% of women surveyed in Yaoundé. Once online, women are 30-50% less likely than men to use the Internet to increase their income or participate in public life.
The most striking findings for Yaoundé include:
●      Internet Access and use is still not equal – Only 36% of the women surveyed are Internet users, while the figure goes up to 45% among men surveyed.
●      Digital Literacy and Affordability are the two major hindrances for women to access and use the internet – When asked why they currently don’t use the internet: 26% of the women answered that the most important reason is they don’t know how to use it; for 17% of them, the most important reason is they can’t afford it.
●      Gender Base Violence online target women more than men – Like in the non-virtual world, women experience more violence. 17 percent of the women have experienced threats or bullying when using a mobile and/or the Internet (11 percent of the men have); 25 percent of those women experienced threats or direct personal bullying 10 times or more when using a mobile in the last two years: that’s 8 times more than men.
Julie Owono, spokesperson for the research in Cameroon :  

“ It is clear that digital literacy in its largest meaning is the most important barrier for Internet access and use by women from urban poor areas in Cameroon. ”

For more information, download Internet Without Borders' report on Cameroon case study below  

Vendredi 23 Octobre 2015
Julie Owono
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