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Research Coalition

Sharing research to enable data-driven and evidence-based action in support of digital gender equality


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Taking stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership
The inaugural report of the EQUALS Research Coalition

Women and girls are still lagging far behind their male peers in the digital realm, according to a new report launched by the EQUALS Partnership. The report highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies.

Lead partner: UN University Institute on Computing and Society
Sex-disaggregated ICT data in Africa
A report by the EQUALS Research Coalition

 EQUALS Research Coalition, members conducted an analysis of the state of sex-disaggregated information and communications technology (ICT) data in Africa in international databases. This analysis builds on the inaugural 2019 EQUALS Research Coalition Report in which Chapter 6 covered “The state of sex- disaggregated data” in ICT Access, Skills, Leadership, and the Dark Side of ICT.

Lead partners: African Development Bank Group, Research ICT Africa, and Data2X


Research Coalition Lead Partners

About the EQUALS Research Coalition



Supporting the work of the three EQUALS Coalitions, the Research Coalition – led by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and The Georgia Institute of Technology (co-lead partner) – is fundamental to our emphasis on evidence-driven actions.

Composed of experts in information gathering and analysis, the coalition focuses on generating knowledge about the existence, causes and remedies for gender tech inequalities, and on motivating key stakeholder groups, including private sector companies, government departments, regulatory agencies, and academia, to collect and share gender-relevant data.

Why it matters

Strong, credible data and case studies are vital not only to understanding the scope of the problem across different countries and regions, but also to recognizing successful strategies that could be replicated by others. Sex-disaggregated data is essential to a better understanding of the realities for women globally concerning their access to technology, skills development and leadership opportunities in the tech sector. Contextualizing and correctly interpreting data is critical to applying knowledge effectively to close gender gaps.

A strong evidence foundation will help the three EQUALS Coalitions develop targeted interventions for specific geographies and demographics, for more effective programmes, which can themselves be rigorously measured and evaluated.

Research Coalition Goals


Our goal is to ensure practitioners and policymakers have the intelligence they need to make informed decisions.


  • Identify key knowledge and evidence gaps

  • Conduct research on priority topics

  • Provide practitioners and policymakers with actionable information.

Research Coalition Partners

Get involved


The programmatic work of the three coalitions will drive the Research Coalition’s overall direction of data collection and analysis.


If you have research expertise or data to share and would like to contribute to the important work of the coalition, we’d love to get you involved.


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