On April 27, 2023, UNICEF launched the UNICEF EAPRO Report on Girls’ Digital Literacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region in line with International Girls in ICT Day.
This report provides a snapshot of adolescent girls’ digital literacy across the East Asia and Pacific region with a special focus on Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.
Digital literacy is critical to participation in today’s world and by the year 2030, up to 80 per cent of jobs in Southeast Asia will require basic digital literacy and applied information and communication technology (ICT) skills. In 2022, an estimated 73 per cent of youth aged 15–24 years in the Asia Pacific region used the internet, but use and digital competences vary by gender across the region.
UNICEF calls on stakeholders to address the gender digital divide by supporting the empowerment of girls to develop advanced digital competencies safely and by ensuring both girls and boys have increased access to affordable internet and digital devices.
Cover photo: A child uses Khang Panya Lao (a teaching and learning platform), launched by UNICEF in Lao PDR @UNICEF/UN0479410/