Internet and Women

Ukhengching Marma
Posted July 29, 2015 from Bangladesh

Today I am writing about my concern regarding nonaccess of women in internet connection and how it is related to women development. In most of the societies around the world ,women still can not have access to internet, they don't know what social media is and how to get benefit from it.Considering myself I am at home for few days and I can't use Internet due to lack of electricity and lower internet speed. I have many report s to complete ,few assignments to submit, Skype meeting with mentor etc. I will be here till next month and have to adjust with it until I will go back to University and get proper internet connection. But I will be back behind for one month. This is one of the reason Indigenous Women are still suffering from under development. Because they don't have enough information, don't access to enough networking with other parts of the world. Their world is limited in the daily house hold chores . These things do concern me, I am afraid of non enlightenment, superstitious beliefs which often stand as an obstacle in their path of success. They can't think out of the box to test their limit s and see the World. I am afraid they will ever lead the world and walk along side other female leaders around the world. When I first saw world pulse , I was thinking about my indigenous people specifically women and I was wishing that if I could make the connection among the women in my community with the sis terms of World Pulse.

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Drew Dakessian
Jul 30, 2015
Jul 30, 2015

Ukheng,

Thank you so much for your important and insightful post. You're absolutely right that there is a huge problem of nonaccess to Internet among women, and indigenous women in particular. I'm in graduate school for women's studies here in the U.S., and I learned in one of my classes that there is a name for the phenomenon you describe: the digital divide. I also learned that people who believe in the power of the Internet and other ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) to elevate the status of women are known as cyberfeminists.

I wonder, what do you think can be done to increase access to ICTs, first among indigenous women and then women throughout the world?

Let's keep in touch,

Drew

Ukhengching Marma
Aug 21, 2015
Aug 21, 2015

Hi Drew,

First of all I apologize for answering you very lately. I am back to University and having acces to full internet.Personally I guess, finiancial obstacle is one of the factor which is responsible for many Inidgenous Women in my place to access in to internet. In this case some NGO's or phone companies could make an effort to provide free interent service to a ghroup of women. Most of the times the lack of appropriate information make the women to step behind such as stereotypes.In my commmunity girls are claimed as mean when they are mostly seen online. 

I hope to break the stereotypes by taking some steps and getting some girls involved in internet access for some good cause.

Cheers!

Ukheng

Maya Muñoz-Tobón
Jul 31, 2015
Jul 31, 2015

Thank you for being a part of World Pulse. Thank you for making the effort and overcoming access barriers to bring this important issue to -light.  Please know that many women are starting internet Cafe's with only on computer-  Please keep addressing the issue- we are working on it at World Pulse.  The internet has allowed many women's voices be heard via internet- worldwide.  Please receive a virtual hug from us!