Internet use moving closer to gender parity

Globally, in 2020, 62 per cent of all men were using the Internet, compared with 57 per cent of all women.

Gender parity is deemed achieved when the gender parity score, defined as the female percentage divided by the male percentage, stands between 0.98 and 1.02.

In all regions, the gender Internet divide has been narrowing in recent years. Thus, the global gender parity score has improved from 0.89 in 2018 to 0.92 in 2020.

Parity has been achieved in developed countries as a whole and in the Americas, and almost achieved (parity score between 0.95 and 0.98) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, the small island developing states (SIDS) and Europe.

The divide remains wide in the LDCs, where only 19 per cent of women are using the Internet (12 percentage points lower than men), the landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) (27 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men), Africa (24 per cent versus 35 per cent) and the Arab States (56 per cent versus 68 per cent).