An Illiterate Women: Dominance of Technology Literate Over Technology Illiterate

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Women who have already been marginalized in many societies based on gender ideology when exposed to the new technologies sometimes feel empowered if they are able to use it but in many cases they feel further allienated as dominated by technology litterates. For the first time in Paksitan women are given 33% representation in Local Governments. At the union council or the smallest unit of LGs nearly 80%women are illiterate. Most recently concept of e-governance is in debate. In some areas women are given computer trainings too. On the other hand general women in rural and urban aras many women have access to computers or they are to use computer for communicating to their spouses working abroad. A large majority of house maids in urban areas do have mobile phones. In Pakistan a few years back despense machines/ATM are installed in banks. The master minds or technology inventors should know how illiterate women respond to new emerging technologies and how technologies should desinged to respond to illiterate women's needs

Keywords: Illiteracy, Women, Technology
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Kishwar Sultana

Gender and Communication Coordinator, Gender Maintreaming, CIDA Devolution Support Project
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Kishwar Sultana, aging 36, has worked with different national and international human rights agencies in the capacity of Program Officer and Project Coordinator, in the past 10 years.. Kishwar has done her Masters in Geography, with profound knowledge of art and socio-political history of different civilizations. She has worked with organizations including Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE) and Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CSW-P/A). As a Program Officer in Social Education Unit of SAHE, she developed, organized and conducted several workshops on Gender, Human Rights and Education. She has also written a booklet on Patriarchal language in Urdu. She has been part of the team involved in the material development for the Primary Level School Children in Tharparker. She has written booklets on Globalization, Women in Emergency Situation and is coauthor of a booklet “Woman and Man”, on history of patriarchy, published by CWS-P/A.

She has also participated in the International Training on Human Rights, organized by CHRF Canada. Also, she has graduated the Multi-Disciplinary Women’s Studies from ASR and Introduction to Development: Theory and Practice, organized by IDSP. Presently, she is working in CIDA Devolution Support Project, aimed at strengthening grass roots democracy in Pakistan with the collaboration of state, political and governmental institutions and civil society organizations.

Ref: T08P0057