Telecentre.org Foundation announces the launch of its “Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign” in Santiago, Chile on April 7, at the 3rd Global Forum on Telecentres, where over 50 nations are assembled to attend the launch. The campaign aims to provide digital literacy and other skills to one million women in underserved and underprivileged communities worldwide.
While much of today’s world runs on information and communication technology (ICT), many women still remain disconnected from the global technological revolution. According to Basheerhamad Shadrach, Executive Director of Telecentre.org Foundation, the problem is more common in developing countries, where United Nations (UN) statistics that show as much as 60% of women end up as unpaid family workers. The “Telecentre Women’s Campaign” however hopes to provide a solution: access to ICT. Dr. Shadrach says, “For women especially, ICT has proven to be life-changing. It has broken traditions and social prejudices, expanded their roles in society and home, and given many a new economic and social freedom.”
Increasing access to ICT is just one of the goals of the campaign. It also hopes to conduct wide-scale literacy training for women at the grassroots level and facilitate the operation of telecentre classrooms with custom digital literacy curricula based on country needs. In addition, it aims to enlist partners and supporters as champions to the cause and provide recognition to telecentre women-achievers. Says Dr. Shadrach, “For millions of women, digital literacy can be the lifeline to a new future.”