Africa’s digital gender divide may be widening, Afrobarometer survey finds

African women trail behind men in access to digital information and communications technologies, and the gap may be widening, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Women are less likely than men to own a computer or a mobile phone with access to the Internet, and although women’s Internet use has doubled over the past five years, the gender gap in regular Internet use has increased.

These findings from national surveys in 34 countries are part of a soon-to-be-released Pan- Africa Profile analysis based on a special gender-equality survey module. The new report will also examine popular support for gender equality, government performance on women’s rights and opportunities, and persistent gender gaps in education, employment, and control over key assets.