By Laju Iren & Geraldine Anunukem
STATISTIC after statistic proves that at present, the future looks gloom for female access to the internet. Current statistics show that if no changes are made, females will make up less than one percent of the global tech work force in 2043. Currently, 43 percent less women than men are online in sub-saharan Africa.
Intel seeks to change all that with the new ‘She Will Connect’ Mobile App.
The software giant believes that the She Will Connect Mobile App is a perfect platform for women and girls to learn how to use mobile devices, PCs and the internet safely.
The key highlights of the app include the step-by-step approach with interactive activities and simulations on how to use a computer and mobile phone; an introduction on how to use the Internet to research health and wellness information, education, and starting a business; Inspirational stories from women on how technology is enhancing their lives; valuable tips on Internet safety and social media usage. It’s designed for women in Sub-Saharan Africa who are new to digital devices and the Internet.
Speaking on the usefulness of the app at a She Will Connect Hands on Session in Lagos, Marne Dunn, Intel Digital Empowerment Director for Community Education stated that research has shown that there is a huge digital divide in technology; there are 25% less women online in developing countries and the number rises to 43% in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“To help bridge the existing digital divide, the Intel She Will Connect Awareness App was created, and it is a fantastic tool that NGOs, individuals and even schools especially in rural areas can adopt to educate girls on digital literacy,” Marne stated.