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  • Swati Sharan
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    Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is a basic human right. Gender Parity Score (GPS) or gender inequality is high in India as compared to other countries. India ranks 130 out of the 155 which is much below than Bangladesh and Pakistan with a rank of 111 and 121 respectively. Empowering women of a family helps to have an overall development of the society starting from her family itself and the overall development of the society. With this startling figures can we suggest some innovative ideas on how we can reach this vulnerable population of the society? Can technology be used to empower this group of population? Share your ideas and examples from other nation where technology was proven to be an enabler to empower women.


    Divya Malhotra
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    Very valid subject of debate.
    Ample literature has been produced to show that technology has positively impacted women welfare. However the question is whether women control new technologies or are mere passive recipients of technology transfer.
    In this regard, role of Information and Communication technologies has been important in multiple ways: bridging information asymmetry by giving women easy access to information regarding their rights and opportunities, opening new employment avenues for women in jobs earlier dominated by males (IT sector), better wage structures and incentives etc.

    At policy level, Collecting sex disaggregated data on the use of ICT and women’s participation in policy making can give us more reliable insights about how much progress women have actually made. In case of India, changes in women work force participation rates in labour market can give us important insights, particularly after opening of economy in 1991. Further we can study this data for rural-urban area and across age groups to understand the trends.

    Two important topical readings could be-

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    1. the diffusion of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have translated into more jobs and stronger connections to markets for many women, increasing their access to economic opportunities. In some countries and sectors, women’s wages have also increased relative to those of men.

    2. greater access to information has allowed many in developing countries to learn about life and mores in other parts of the world, including those pertaining to the role of women, possibly affecting attitudes and behaviors.

    shruti sharma
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    User Friendly technologies should be more simplified as there are still large group of population in National Capital where people are not even aware of mobile phones. Technologies: definitely a strong tool. This tool should be designed in a way where vulnerable people can understand this.

    Technologies is not about the phone, television. Technologies is about the understanding of the tools to simplify the day to day work as well as to minimize their effort to keep them self healthy.

    and here I would like to highlight the definition of health to connect with the technology
    The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in its 1948 constitution as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

    Ashish Joshi
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    Mobile technologies are increasingly affordable for women and girls in developing countries. This can facilitate learning using a combination of voice and text based instructional materials. It will offer training opportunities and provide girls and women skills that are optimum to apply to various career advancements and connect them to different resources.

    Mansi Gupta
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    ICT is a powerful catalyst for political, social and economic empowerment of women both in developing and developed countries. We have been observing gender inequality towards women in providing education, economic independence, access to health services and nutritive food, taking their life’s decision which is mainly seen in rural area. With rapid globalization and increase in the use of mobile and internet technology, women can learn new skills and can apply for online jobs from their homes when they are not allowed to work outside. Educated mothers with the use of ICT can promote their career and attain economic independence when they have to stay at home for taking care of their kids. If we talk about women safety, ICT has a key role to play in it. Women can now safely travel from one place to another with the use of navigation technology and their locations can be traced by their near and dear ones. These technology measures are giving confidence to women and helping them out to live confident and independent life and thus contributing to reduce the gender gap

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