What has the future of digital economy and society got to do with women's rights?

The starting point of this paper is that efforts to bridge the gender digital divide or use ICTs towards women’s empowerment in the current digitalised socio-economic paradigm must be more than just about women’s access to connectivity. They must focus on the design of institutional frameworks that can guarantee the democratic distribution of digital dividends for marginalised women to claim their share in the economic, social and political gains of the information society. Such a radical departure towards a connectivity-plus approach calls for a review and reformulation of policy actions by states at national and international level, which are discussed in greater detail.

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