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Social Demography Seminar with Ridhi Kashyap
2021/10/07 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ridhi Kashyap, DPhil, associate professor of social demography at the University of Oxford and professorial fellow of Nuffield College, will present “Can the digital revolution promote gender equality?”
The rapid proliferation of the internet and mobile phones has been one of the most significant social phenomena of the new millennium. In this talk, I will discuss the implications of this digital revolution for the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 5 on gender equality. First, drawing on Demographic and Health survey data linked with geo-spatial satellite data in 7 Sub-Saharan African countries, I will present findings that show how the ownership of mobile phones has empowered women to access information and resources important for health and well-being and bolstered their ability to make independent decisions. This highlights the need to monitor and close digital gender gaps to better understand the social and demographic impacts of technologies. Monitoring this progress however is often challenging due to the limited availability of gender-disaggregated data on digital connectivity in traditional data sources such as surveys, particularly in low-income countries. In this data-sparse context, I will describe how data from social media populations available from social media marketing APIs can be repurposed to track global digital gender gaps.