DIGITAL GENDER GAP
The digital gender gap is most acute among migrant/refugees who, as both migrants & women face a double disadvantage that is consistently confirmed by research.” Barriers include the disruption that migration poses to their learning process, cultural gender stereotypes as to the role of women, and discrimination (conscious and unconscious) that limits access to education.
Yet, women that migrate are more likely than men to have higher education degrees, and so while the obstacles are significant, improved digital skills could have an even greater effect on their ability to integrate, especially in the labour market, but also as active citizens in society.
THE ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTES
Paris Communiqué (2018) calls us to “enable our education systems to make better use of digital education in order to enhance lifelong & flexible learning, foster digital skills and competences” and so HEIs can and should play a role in this process!
The majority of HEIs have continuing education centres or outreach programmes that could provide digital training, but the vast majority (87%) do not currently provide training aimed at migrants, much less women migrants.
The first tangible results of the project will be the intellectual outputs which will be used by HEIs in their continuing education and outreach programmes with female migrants:
- IO1 DIGITAL ROUTE MAP. This interactive, online tool will present indicators of digital competences, thus helping Migrant women to identify their current level of digital competence in each of the five DigComp areas.
- IO2 DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES. These will be a focused yet flexible set of OERs which adapt existing best practice in digital skills education for use with migrant women in continuing education settings.
- IO3 MOOC. This output will enable the OERS to be transferred into a state-of-the-art open access online course to allow women migrants to develop their digital skills in a friendly but effective digital environment.