Women enabler – Using internet access to transform opportunity for women in India
When you grow up in India you are fine tuned to believe men are more powerful than women in any field. The standard belief is to train girls to believe that, that is is a cardinal truth. Women are raised to be super women while men are raised to be human.
Females make up to 50% of the world population; yet the proportion of women using internet is much lower than the proportion of men using internet worldwide. Some estimates say one third of the internet is female. Further more women face internet discrimination and data bias. That is in terms of access also women aren’t given wifi and internet access without citing safety reasons. What happened to that saying – “If you educate a man, you educate a person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
Campaigns and workshops could also be held to reach out the woman to make them much powerful than ever before.
We need to use internet as a women enabler. Just a massive initiative to made that a widespread all encompassing campaign. Women are source of knowledge to the entire society and improving their learning curve can catapult India to a better growth story. Lots of reports on how GDP can grow faster with women at the helm. They have proved, when given a chance, to be brilliant entrepreneurs on various levels, be it household industries such as women in urban area making papad at homes or tailoring for a living.
Women in rural areas have become much more successful in the world of entrepreneurs be it on a small scale or a large scale, which has led to the rise of such leaders which are being quoted all around the world for their abilities. And the way they have done that? Through use of digital tech. By messaging on whatsapp. By using youtube and other media.
Not only for the growth of any business, internet could help women for a safe living such as fighting against the harassment and assault, the solution to it could be by identifying and analysing the causes and educating them for a better and safer world. Let’s not stop usage of internet but showcase its tools and the fact that it is an enabler.
Campaigns and workshops could also be held to reach out the woman to make them much powerful than ever before. We need opportunity to boost their business. Women and Internet is a boon together, whenever it works together, the world becomes a better place to live
Karishma Balani is a student of ARCH College of design, jaipur and this effort is a part of Google India and SheThePeople initiative Digital Trust Dialogues across colleges in India.