BRIDGING THE DIGITAL GENDER DIVIDE: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH DIGITAL LITERACY IN INDIA
Abstract:- Digital technologies hold immense potential to improve people’s economic and social outcomes, yet challenges remain regarding women’s access to and use of these technologies. In India, women’s digital literacy rate is lower compared to that of men. The divide in digital literacy is due to various factors; those are geographic, education, government policy, as well as socio-economic and cultural systems. The urgency has signified the need to empower Indian women in using digital technology through digital literacy. It is well anticipated that women will not only gain information but also improve their quality of life. This paper explores a range of factors that underpin the digital gender divide. Also try to understand the hurdles to access, affordability, and lack of education as well as inherent biases and socio-cultural norms curtail women's ability to benefit from the opportunities offered by the digital transformation. The efforts were taken through increasing Indian women’s capacity through five competencies: access, analyze, create, reflect, and act. It aims to support the equitable participation of women in the digital age.
Keywords:- Information Communication Technology, Digital Media, Digital Literacy, Digital Divide, Women Empowerment.
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