Women face cultural and safety barriers in entering the digital economy

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Girls in ICT Day, marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April, is an initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in an effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Photo: ITU/R. Farrell

Women are more reluctant to engage in the digital economy because of cultural and safety barriers, coupled with a lack of technical skills.

That's according to Barbara Wanner, Vice President for information, communications and technology (ICT) at the United States Council for International Business.

She's been attending the Internet Governance Forum in Mexico, organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

There, she explained to Jorge Miyares what specific challenges women face in the digital technology field.

Duration: 2’12

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