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I'd blush if I could: closing gender divides in digital skills through education
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
| 2019 | 145 p.
Mark West, Rebecca Kraut and Han Ei Chew
Corporate author: 
UNESCO; EQUALS Skills Coalition

This publication seeks to expose some of these biases and put forward ideas to begin closing a digital skills gender gap that is, in most parts of the world, wide and growing.


Today, women and girls are 25 per cent less likely than men to know how to leverage digital technology for basic purposes, 4 times less likely to know how to programme computers and 13 times less likely to file for a technology patent. At
a moment when every sector is becoming a technology sector, these gaps should make policy-makers, educators and everyday citizens ‘blush’ in alarm.


The publication explains the role gender-responsive education can play to help reset gendered views of technology and ensure equality for women and girls.       


This publication was prepared by UNESCO for the EQUALS Skills Coalition, one of three coalitions that comprise the EQUALS partnership. EQUALS is a global partnership of governments and organizations dedicated to
promoting gender balance in the technology sector by championing equality of access, skills and leadership for women and men alike.


The Skills Coalition, Access Coalition, Leadership Coalition and a transversal Research Group release knowledge products periodically, organize competitions and funds, and take actions in countries and internationally to advance EQUALS’s


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) generously supported this publication financially and co-leads the EQUALS Skills Coalition with UNESCO.


A dedicated working group composed of digital skills and gender experts guided the development of the content.


Resource Type: 
Programme reports and evaluations
Inclusive / Diversity
Level of education: 
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Non-formal education


ICT Gender equality; gender-equal digital skills education