Promoting Digital literacy for Women in remote parts of Kenya is critical in accelerating progress on key sustainable development goals (SDGs) to reduce poverty and fix huge gender inequality gap in the country.
Mrembo Foundation, founder, Stella Marosi has said digital networking platforms and internet education are a powerful tool that can change situation of Women in Kenya.
“Digital literacy promotes democracy by giving access to huge repository of knowledge and is also a doorway to employment opportunities for women,” She said.
Mrs. Marosi spoke on the sidelines of International literacy day 2017, themed Literacy in a Digital World.
“Empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and will greatly help to drive up economic growth and development in the country.”
Equipping women with technological skills, she said will play a very important role in improving the quality of education for the girl child and open them to a world of more possibilities.
“When we have a pool of knowledgeable, empowered women countries in developing world like Kenya stands in a strategic position to reducing poverty levels at bottom of the pyramid and gradually bridge inequality gap,” Mrs. Marosi said.
About 42 percent of Kenya’s 44 Million population lives below poverty line, with most affected being women and children.
Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation, according to United Nation Development Programme(UNDP).
UNDP also puts at 41 percent number of women paid workers outside of agriculture, having risen from 35 percent in 1990.