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Gender articles: Explore the data

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Women in the digital era: Internet use and skills at work
As the world is #GoingDigital, structural changes across economies and societies deeply affect daily life for most people. Individuals, especially younger generations, are increasingly connected thanks to faster and cheaper access to broadband and the widespread use of mobile technologies.

Women with low levels of education face a double disadvantage in the labour market
Gender employment gaps are persistent. OECDs 2017 The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle showed that despite decades of progress, women are still much less likely than men to engage in paid work and, when they do work, are less likely to progress in their careers or become business owners. 

Digitalisation facilitates trade, but participation and patterns still differ for male and female entrepreneurs
Today, small businesses have a menu of digital tools that allow them to leverage global connections and market directly to potential customers all over the world. Thereby they can overcome barriers to trade which typically weigh more heavily on smaller firms with smaller economies of scale.

Women-dedicated business incubators and accelerators can stimulate growth intentions and support high potential female entrepreneurs
Female entrepreneurs are less likely than male entrepreneurs to expect to create a lot of jobs with their businesses. During the period 2012-16, 8.8% of women entrepreneurs in OECD countries expected that their business will generate at least 19 new jobs over the next five years.

Gender-sensitive parliaments: Integrating a gender lens in parliamentary work
Parliaments are the supervisor of gender equality in public life.  They can scrutinise the government’s gender equality actions through questioning cabinet members and holding public hearings (used in 72% of OECD countries), as well as reviewing gender equality reports issued by government departments.

Entrenched social norms prevent the equal distribution of caring responsibilities between men and women
Transforming traditional gender roles and promoting gender equality requires addressing discriminatory social norms.The need to change boys’ and men’s attitudes towards caregiving and other unpaid work and ensuring that men are not stigmatised when they take on care responsibilities is a keystone of gender equality.