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World-wide, girls and women are underrepresented regarding the use and production of digital media. This applies in particular to the rural regions. The GIZ Digital Innovation Factory is to contribute to enabling equal participation for girls and women in digital development.

On a world scale, around 250 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet – despite the fact that the Internet is an important prerequisite for participating in society and the economy. The so-called digital gender divide shows that women are also disadvantaged in this respect, since they are hardly able to benefit from the economic and political opportunities offered by digital transformation.

The Innovation Factory project of International Cooperation with Regions for Sustainable Development (IZR), located in Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is helping to enable girls and women to achieve equal participation in digital development and reduce the digital gender divide in the ICT4women field of activity in the context of the #eSkills4girls initiative, run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The focus is above all on women and girls in rural areas.

In addition, the project promotes the development and implementation of digital innovations in the five partner countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Senegal.

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