ITU CWG-Internet: Bridging the Digital Divide

1 Oct 2017 - 24 Dec 2017


The International Telecommunication Union Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) has launched an open consultation on the topic 'Bridging the digital divide'. Stakeholders are invited to submit contributions on issues related to achieving gender equality for Internet users, with a focus on the following aspects:
  • What approaches and examples of good practices are available to increase Internet access and digital literacy of women and girls, including in decision-making processes on Internet public policy?
  • What approaches and examples of good practices are available to promote the access and use of ICTs by SMEs in developing and least-developed countries, particularly those owned/managed by women, in order to achieve greater participation in the digital economy?
  • Which are the available sources and mechanisms for measuring women's participation in the digital economy with focus on SME's and micro-enterprises?
  • What measures/policies could be envisioned in order to foster the role of women as entrepreneurs and managers of SMEs, specifically in developing and least-developed countries?
  • What are the gaps in addressing these challenges? How can they be addressed and what is the role of governments?
At the end of the online open consultation process, a physical open consultation will be organised. During this meeting, scheduled to be held on 22 January 2018, respondents to the online consultation will have the opportunity to present their views and engage in discussions with other participants. To contribute to the consultation, visit the dedicated webpage.