(18 January 2017) While the rapid expansion of technology and internet access in Myanmar offers unprecedented economic and educational opportunities, it also threatens to deepen the divide between those with and without access—a risk that disproportionately affects women and girls worldwide.
A 2015 baseline study of IREX’s Beyond Access Myanmar project showed that 70% of technology users who participated in the project were boys and men. Participating librarians reported that boys use library tablets roughly twice as often as girls. Recent studies indicate that Burmese men are 29% more likely to own a mobile phone than women.
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