We need a web that works for women and girls
As offices and schools around the world close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the web is a lifeline — keeping us connected to work and school, vital health information, and our loved ones.
But, as we depend on the web more than ever, almost two billion women and girls across the globe can’t access it at all — and for many who can, the web just isn’t safe enough.
In a letter marking the web's 31st birthday, web inventor and Web Foundation co-founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee sounded the alarm about a growing crisis of online abuse and discrimination that is keeping women and girls offline and threatening progress on gender equality.
Here, we untangle these threats — and explain why we need urgent action to make the web work for women and girls everywhere.