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Gender Gap in Digital Skills in Greece

Maria Perifanou () and Anastasios A. Economides ()
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Maria Perifanou: University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Anastasios A. Economides: University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Proceedings of the 20th International RAIS Conference, December 6-7, 2020 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: Inequalities between men and women exist not only in economy and society but also in education all over the world. Many initiatives are launched to empower women with advanced skills in many countries. This paper describes the policies and initiatives to foster gender equality in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-related education and employment in Greece. National and European Union (EU) statistics show that there exists a wide gender gap in ICT-related higher education participation, employment, and salaries in Greece. Various policies and initiatives aim at empowering women with digital skills. The paper suggests a framework to fight gender discrimination in ICT across four (4) dimensions (ICT education, training, digital tools and infrastructure, people networking, ICT jobs) and three (3) axes (access, use and participate, create). The resulting framework consists of twelve (12) areas. The paper gives example strategies for some of the areas. Finally, the paper present conclusions and suggestions for future research.

Keywords: digital skills; digital competence; employment initiatives; equality policies; gender differences; gender gap; gender inequality; ICT skills; equality policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 5 pages
Date: 2020-12
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Published in Proceedings of the 20th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, December 6-7, 2020, pages 21-26

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