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Typifying Mechanisms for Gender Digital Equity in Latin America

  • Gabriela Marín-Raventós
  • Marta Calderón-Campos
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 481)

Abstract

Gender digital equity in Latin America and the Caribbean is our goal. We analyze gender specific structural inequalities that constitute barriers for women’s access to ICT: such as education, traditional cultural beliefs and practices, and economic inequality. We argue also that male-dominated ICT design and implementation (functionality, content, and human-computer interaction) can inhibit gender digital equity. We present a model to typify the existing mechanisms for reaching gender digital equity and propose a new mechanism: creating gender consciousness in ICT design and construction, and attracting women to the ICT field. The proposed model reflects the four mechanisms and depicts the possible means through which they can be implemented. Moreover, the model appoints actors capable of and responsible for such means. Recommendations for the ICT community regarding gender digital equity are also included.

Keywords

ICT and gender Inequity Digital divide Digital equity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Marín-Raventós
    • 1
  • Marta Calderón-Campos
    • 2
  1. 1.CITIC-ECCIUniversidad de Costa RicaSan PedroCosta Rica
  2. 2.ECCIUniversidad de Costa RicaSan PedroCosta Rica

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