Most women benefit from expertise in information technology
The organization launched a campaign aiming to empower as many women in computer skills, thanks to the efforts of 153 organizations and 20,000 teleconferences worldwide. More than a million disadvantaged women in 79 countries around the world are already benefiting newly acquired knowledge on information technology and communication (ICT) through a partnership between the ITU, a specialized agency of the United Nations for ICT and an NGO based in the Philippines.
The digital literacy campaign for women, launched in 2011 with a view to empower one million women worldwide, leverages the combined capabilities of the worldwide network of 100,000 teleconferences Foundation and the 193 Member States and 700 Private sector members of the ITU. The campaign reached its goal last month with a total of 1’014, 096 women trained in basic computer skills, thanks to the efforts of 153 member organizations and 20,000 teleconferences worldwide.
The success of this joint campaign coincides perfectly with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, ‘Equality for women is progress for all, because in reality training systems in ICT today is very often the change gives a new direction to the lives of women and disadvantaged unskilled, and their families, “said Dr. Hamadoun, Secretary-General of the ITU .
He added that the knowledge which enables use ICT will open new horizons and emancipated women, both economically and culturally. According to a recent study by the Development Bureau Telecommunication ITU , there are an estimated 200 million online fewer women than men. Of the 2,800 million Internet users in the world, 1,300 million are women, and 1,500 million are men.
The difference between the number of users and the users is relatively small in the countries of the OECD, but increases rapidly in the computer where expensive equipment poorest countries ‘prestige’ like computers, are often unaffordable for women are at the bottom of the pyramid of development.
In developing countries in general, 16% fewer women than men are online, and the disparities are even greater in some regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa for example. The ITU estimates that the number of women online is only half that of men. A report published last year by the Working Group of the Commission on Gender Broadband for Digital Development, led by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, noted that women take longer to get online than men.