On August 8th, the Internet Society and The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association teamed up to help 13 girls build their skills to become IT leaders of tomorrow.
Gender and digital divide has long history since the computer was introduced in Sri Lanka. This was addressed by various organizations government and non governments but still they are not mange to show case the impact on the target group
The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter partnered with the Girl Guides to help build IT awareness, education and literacy among women in the community.
Thirteen girls came to the workshop, a strong turnout despite a time when most families are on summer holidays.
What’s the need?
Even though Sri Lanka is targeted to have 100% literacy rate by 2011, this doesn’t translate in the IT sector.
Women’s contribution to IT and computing is marginalized due to the lack of access to the information technology and computing and confidence and the ability to use these new technologies.
The Internet Society is working to change this by engaging with local communities and partners like The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association.
Empowering women and girls with the knowledge and confidence to become tomorrow’s IT leaders is key to ensuring the Internet is indeed for everyone.
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