The more than 86 million users of the Netflix platform worldwide use in a single day more Internet data than the entire population of the African continent in six, revealed today the non-governmental organization ONE Campaign

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According to the ‘Making the Connection’ report to Lusa at the Web Summit, which focused on how Internet access is key to generating economic opportunities in a world where more than half the population continues to lack access to the network, “a generation of women and girls will remain out of the global digital economy and miss the opportunity to escape poverty unless they connect to the Internet by 2020.”

According to the authors of the paper, “poverty is sexist”, ie “women living in the least developed countries are 31% less likely to be connected than men”, with 737 million people currently excluded from the Internet access in those countries, leading to an estimated 350 million women and girls being left behind in this effort in 2020.

“The ability to pay is a significant barrier. Women who are excluded in developing countries cite high costs as a major reason for not using the Internet.

Despite the fall in prices in the poorest countries, the Living in absolute or extreme poverty means that a mobile plan can cost 15% of average income and up to 30% for a fixed connection to the computer.

With gender disparities around the world, having basic Internet is a higher financial burden for women: In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, women earn on average 48% less than men, “the report said.

The ONE Campaign, co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono, recalls a 2009 World Bank study that a 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet connections could represent a rise in the per capita GDP of 1.3% for developing countries.

In this way, the report of the organization makes four recommendations: more investment that leads to a “digital skills revolution”, that the barriers to access to the Internet are broken, more investment in the availability of data on connectivity and that a bet is made on the construction Of infrastructures for a digital future.

“World leaders and donor governments, in addition to telecommunications companies and banks, need to come together and invest in the bases of the links, such as the ‘Dig once’ policy that no new road in a developing country should Be done without broadband cables being placed before, “Eloise Todd, Executive Director of the Global Policy for Global Policy, said in a statement.

The ONE will host a web Summit this morning to discuss the challenges of Internet access facing women and girls.


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