OECD Forum on Gender Equality

Session 3: Addressing digital gender gaps and the impact of digital technologies on the mental health of women and girls

Jun 10, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


The digital transformation provides new avenues for the empowerment of women and girls. However, discrimination, negative stereotypes, and social and cultural biases create challenges for women and girls to thrive in a highly digital economy and society. Women and girls are often less likely to pursue or have 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. Victimisation online and cyberbullying affects women and girls disproportionately, identified as a significant risk. Difficulties in everyday functioning due to internet or social media use, known as problematic internet and social media use, is also a growing concern, especially for women. This session will therefore explore digital gender divides and mental health risks for women and girls, with a view to identifying priority areas for governments to address through targeted policy initiatives.