“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” words from US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
While there is recognition of the potential of ICT as a tool for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, a “gender divide” has also been identified, reflected in the lower numbers of women accessing and using ICT compared with men. Unless this gender divide is specifically addressed, there is a risk that ICT may exacerbate existing inequalities between women and men and create new forms of inequality.
Current trends show that women’s participation in the field of technology, is lagging behind their male counterparts – women only make up 15% of the ICT workforce in Kenya. This is a concern because this is one field that is driving economic growth and development.
If, however, the gender dimensions of ICT in terms of access and use, capacity-building opportunities,employment and potential for empowerment are explicitly identified and addressed, ICT can be a powerful catalyst for political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality.
Therefore there’s need for Women and girls to embrace technologies which bring concrete benefits to their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities.
“Empower the women and they will change the world”The Infograph below outlines the Access to Technology in Relation to Gender Equality- Prepared by ignite.globalfundforwomen,org
(The views contained herein are personal sentiments of the author.)
Faith Miano ICT Officer - The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) firstname.lastname@example.org