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Aug
28
2019
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Aug
28
2019
Technology

Indian Women Need More Tech Access to Achieve Gender Equity At Work

Indian Women Need More Tech Access to Achieve Gender Equity At Work

Today than ever before, more Indian women are enrolling in higher education across the country, but only 24 percent of them have been part of the workforce from 2015 to 2016. Between the years 2005 to 2006, 36 percent of Indian women were part of the workforce. While the internet in India is booming, only a small number of women have access to technologies that could help them start a career.

Technology gives a lot of information regarding jobs and skills

Did you know that about 80 percent of Indian women are not even allowed to visit a local health center without the permission of their husbands or other family members? Hence, women are finding it very difficult to go out to work even if they are highly capable of doing so and this pressure continues even after they get married. So, a larger number of women are in very isolating circumstances when it comes to technology and due to this, they do not have the necessary information that could help them get a job, but one organization is beginning to change this by empowering women with an inexpensive computer called Raspberry Pis. The size of a credit card, it is helping women connect to vocational training that can help get find paid work, not to mention that WhatsApp has been a great enabler since the beginning. While such tech has helped women also connect with fellow working women to create a network of support, it has also created the awareness of the need to work and financial independence.

A number of organizations are ensurinf that women are connected to technology

Oftentimes, these women are the first in their families to have any sort of employment and they face an increasing amount of pressure to quit, but such tech is also providing a buddy system for women to help them face social challenges. A number of organizations are working hard to ensure that women are connected to technology like Microsoft's Project ReWeave which launched an e-commerce portal for women handloom weavers, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) who used WhatsApp to connect to buyers and more. Although it is a massive task to ensure that every woman in India has access to a smartphone in order to work and become independent, failure in such a task will keep Indian women caged and out of the workforce.

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