Gender issue is the one of the most critical and prioritize issues happening in this age. Different strategy, policy and actions has been implemented in order to eliminate and empower Gender Equality. Being an Social ICT Activist, I feel ICT could be the best weapon to tackle with and get the best result. ICT will help the Girls in 3 dimension : Education, Empowerment and Employment. Smart Samaj Foundation is coming with this idea on very starting of 2014. Before it, We tried to understand the current problems and issues in different ways. Last time we organized interaction program with 26 ICT studying girls. The program was also marked the 16th day of activism for Violence against Women.
The program had 2 dimension, first to motivate them for social change and understand their perspective over it and second to teach them some technical skill/knowledge. In program, I prepare them by giving group work to find out more about the Powerful Women Leaders in ICT World, where each two of them have to work together to find out more about her, and need to share to all. It was the way to make them comfortable to talk about the reality….We say it is the icebreaker session.
On the base of their very personal thinking I have found following things:
From above illustration we found : Most of the girls were interested in Technical Skill sharing/learning and then inspirational/empowerment activities. They think ICT course will help them to acquire global and international job and also believe their education could help for revolutionary and social development. But the interesting things is some of them are still confused with the decision of taking this course and very few are sure they will get their aim. When we asked them what is the major problem/obstacle that they are facing today. 45% were saying lack of professional learning environment, 27% think lack of useful curriculum and other think lack of learning environment in college.
When we ask them Why Girls are less interesting in ICT in Developing Country comparatively? Most of them were not agree on this point, they said most girls are interesting but due to lack of information, support and some time the environment created by our society
In the second part of program, We teach them Webmaker tools and make them work on Thimble. As they already had the knowledge of html and css, they understood quickly. Some of their work are snapped here…..
See photos of program here