The substantial gender gap in Internet access in low- and middle-income countries was the focus of a report called “Women and the Web” Intel Corporation released in January 2013 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues, World Pulse, and UN Women.
The report called on governments, the private sector, and civil society to come together to double the number of women online within the next three years. In response, Intel designed the Intel® She Will Connect program to bridge the Internet gender gap around the globe as well as set in motion the creation of a public-private partnership aimed at bridging the Internet gender gap in Sub-Saharan Africa. Intel’s Shelly Esque announced the resulting public-private partnership, called the Women and the Web Alliance, Aug. 6, 2014, at a spouses forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit taking place at the White House.
Today, the alliance is leveraging the networks and resources of our several partners (currently eight) to introduce more than 600,000 15- to 25-year-old Kenyan and Nigerian women and girls to the Internet and engage them in using it as a tool for social and economic empowerment. To get more women on the web, we are looking to expand our alliance to other countries and through additional partners in the future.