The COVID 19 pandemic has tested us all in many ways, and learning the digital way of life has been a major one. While for some the transition to digital has been simple for many, it has been a challenge. These challenges are even greater for girls as the pandemic created limitations in access to opportunities that would help them cope – like access to information, online classes and platforms for engagement with their peers.
In order to understand the digital divide in depth, Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) collaborated to identify, analyze and document issues and challenges in digital access and lived realities of adolescent girls in this COVID-19 and post COVID-19 world.
On Jan 21, to mark the occasion of National Girl Child Day (Jan 24), C3 and DEF will be releasing the findings of this study that puts forth recommendations critical to bridging the digital divide. With over 4100 respondents across 10 States and 29 districts in India, the study also proposes action oriented recommendations to grant makers and policy framers.
Speaking at the event:
• Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3)
• Mr. Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
• Ms. Gayatri Buragohain, Executive Director, Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT)
• Ms. Manju Dhasmana, Lead - Community Affairs/Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft India
• Ms. Rumi Mallick Mitra, Leader, Strategy & New Initiatives, Corporate Social Responsibility, India- South Asia, IBM
• Dr. Sharmila Ghosh Neogi, Advisor Adolescent Health, U.S. Agency For International Development
• Ms. Naghma Mulla, President and COO, Edelgive Foundation