March 8th is International Women’s Day and March is Women’s Month.
Its purpose is to honor women’s contributions to building the nation and society, and to emphasize the need to protect and promote their rights so that they can maximize their potential.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022, the ratio is 19th out of 146 countries. Despite dropping two places from last year, it remains the only Asian country in the top 20.
According to the report, the global gender gap is currently only 68.1% closed and it will take 132 years to achieve gender equality worldwide.
In 2021, the World Web Foundation and others reported that men had access to the internet 21% higher than women on average, and that 52% of women in the least developed countries had never been connected to the internet.
The Philippine Women’s Committee has chosen “Digit All – Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” as the theme for this year’s Women’s Month. Ensuring the inclusion of women in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) is required.
Full participation of women in the digital economy is projected to add US$52.4 billion in economic activity by 2025.
In addition, in November 2010, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology launched “Digital Innovation for Empowering Women” in ICT. She hopes to promote women, youth and other sectors to participate in ICT, improve their digital competencies and actively participate in policy implementation as a step towards a more inclusive future. (1st, Manila Bulletin, Anna Lamentillo)
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