Digital economy

Addressing digital gender divides



 5 October 2021, 10:00-12:00 CEST (Paris time)

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Addressing digital gender divides


Digital transformation provides new avenues for the empowerment of women and girls – but discrimination, negative stereotypes, and social and cultural biases create other challenges for women and girls to thrive in a highly digital economy and society.

The OECD’s Going Digital Toolkit society and gender indicators show that women and girls are often less likely to pursue, or have more limited access to, educational opportunities in a highly digitalised economy, limiting their career options. Moreover, far fewer women than men engage in innovation or entrepreneurship, limiting women’s impact on the digital transformation.

In co-operation with the United States, and in particular the U.S. State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, the OECD is hosting this public webinar for robust discussion on this important topic. Join us to assess the current state of various digital gender divides; identify priority areas for further benchmarking efforts; and explore policy priorities for closing digital gender gaps both domestically and via co-operation in international fora.



  • Ms. Marta Lucía Ramírez,Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia
  • Mr. Jose W. Fernandez, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States
  • Ms. Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Republic of Lithuania
  • Mr. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, OECD
  • Ms. Audrey Plonk, Head of the Digital Economy Policy Division, OECD
  • Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunications Union
  • Ms. Žydrūnė Vitaitė, Co-founder of Women Go Tech
  • Ms. Madeleine Chenette, Canadian Ambassador to the OECD
  • Ms. Rebecca Riley, Director, UK Economics and Statistics Centre of Excellence
  • Ms. Lani Cossette, Senior Director and Chief of Staff, UN Affairs, Microsoft
  • Ms. Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code

  Contact: For further information about the event, please contact [email protected].


About the OECD Going Digital Toolkit

The OECD Going Digital Toolkit – a one-stop shop for OECD indicators on digital transformation – provides a set of core digital-related indicators for society and gender which serve as a foundation on which to build an evidence base of gender-related statistics to benchmark progress on closing digital gender divides. It also includes policy analysis and guidance to help countries improve existing gender inequalities.


In 2019, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs launched a new U.S. State Department initiative to promote women’s economic empowerment called POWER. The initiative leverages diplomatic resources to promote women in business and works with the private sector to establish professional networks and business environments focused on promoting women’s economic empowerment in a global context.


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