Data literacy ecosystem development framework: Approach for bridging the gender gap in the digital economy of the Western Balkan countries

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Dejan Zlatkovski
Riste Temjanovski
Vancho Chabukovski


This paper is a position paper that is not based on formal research. Its purpose is to propose a Data Literacy Framework for support in the process of the bridging the gender gap in Western Balkans among women entrepreneurs. To succeed in today’s data-driven economy, women entrepreneurs need data skills and digital skills to unlock opportunities and grow businesses. The focus of any successful business in modern economies is how to equip women with suitable data and digital literacy so they can pursue careers in the digital economy, to contribute to the digital transformation of the economy and the public sector, especially in the Western Balkans developing countries. The proposed Data Literacy Framework should be used as an instrument to devise public policy measures for providing education and training opportunities, design customised data literacy upskilling for women entrepreneurs, implement career guidance services, promote the role of the women in the digital economy, and provide support for more effective deployment of various concepts of the digital society.

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