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Digital technologies are a double-edged sword for the world's women.if women can tap the full power of digital technologies, vital new opportunities will open up for them.According to estimates by the GSM Association, women's access to the internet and mobile phones is about 85 percent of the level for men, on average, and a total of 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries are unconnected.Beyond the social attitudes that undermine women's access to digital technologies, women and girls often disproportionately lack the requisite skills to seize the opportunities of the digital age.At Nanyang Technological University, females comprised only 27 percent of the undergraduate computer-science program in 2015-2016, despite accounting for half of all undergraduates at the university.What is at stake is not just women's ability to seize the opportunities offered by the digital revolution, but also their capacity to withstand the coming wave of automation.The jobs that are most vulnerable to automation are the low-paid, lower-skill jobs that women are more likely to hold.According to MGI research, more than 100 million jobs could be created over the next 10-15 years as health care and education needs grow.It is not yet clear exactly how automation will affect women's employment.
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