A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), IDB Invest and IDB Lab revealed that 62 percent of the representatives of the main institutions and entities linked to the digital field in Latin America and the Caribbean consider that the digital gender divide is a problem in their respective countries, and that the low participation of women in digital transformation processes is a challenge due to the lack of necessary skills and competencies.
The survey revealed that the participation of women in digital transformation processes in organizations was less than 50 percent in approximately half of the organizations surveyed, which indicated the lack of necessary digital skills and competencies as one of the reasons. main.
The study maps the main gender gaps in the digitalization processes of companies and points out that governments can help solve this problem through public policies that increase access to and use of digital technologies by women and reduce the gaps related to female participation in digital jobs.
“This study offers a roadmap for governments to incorporate equity into their digital agendas and reinforces the commitment established in the IDB Group Vision 2025 to promote gender equity and advance the digital transformation of the region.”
Currently, two thirds of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean do not consider the gender dimension in the transversal pillars when designing efficient public policies in business digital transformation.