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'ICT vital in women’s empowerment'

According to an article published on SciDev Net, Information and communications technology (ICT) is now an indispensible tool in empowering women, an international conference heard.
Participants from 21 countries attending the three-day conference, held this month (1-3 June) in Solan in Himachal Pradesh state, were satisfied by the rapid progress of ICT initiatives, but equally concerned at the many divides.

"We are doing a lot to train urban women into experts in information technology, but relatively little is being done to increase use of ICT among rural women," said Vinita Sharma who heads science for equity, empowerment & development at India’s department of science and technology.

Deliberations at the conference, organised by the centre for science & technology of non-aligned and other developing countries (NAM S&T Centre) and Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, focused on ways to make ICT more accessible to women.

Marialy Tovar, international analyst, Venezuelan ministry of science, technology and innovation, reported that 'info-centro' machines installed in most villages in her country have increased ICT access for women in her country.

Pushpa Devi Kuppusamy, IT officer in the Malaysian ministry of science, technology and innovation said the '1nita' project in her country encourages women entrepreneurs to use ICT to advantage.

Participants noted the problems of access that women face include lack of training and infrastructure, socio-economic constraints to owning ICT equipment, inconvenient location of community ICT centres and lack of confidence.

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