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Female Empowerment Needs Technology

14th October, 2013

At the recent Social Good Summit, the issue of girls dropping out of the educational system much earlier than boys, highlights the need for technology to be instrumental in helping women go beyond the aspiration of just primary education

With the world observing International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October and the recent Social Good Summit, one of the main issues discussed was the use of technology in aiding development and promoting a more equal role for all.

The UN Women's social mobilization platform has already dealt with the issue of technology being the way forward not just to empower individuals but to give them a voice to record human rights violations through the use of social media, such as Twitter.

At the recent Social Good Summit, the issue of girls dropping out of the educational system much earlier than boys, highlights the need for technology to be instrumental in helping women go beyond the aspiration of just primary education. The summit also raised the issue of gender specific education, enlightening not just women but men on issues such as ending violence against women.

Technology is instrumental in aiding such enlightenment, as outlined by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Summit:

"Technology has enormous power to highlight and record human rights violations and to raise awareness so that we change mindsets and deal with violence at its roots."

Click here for a full account of the issues discussed at the Social Good Summit

Soumya Raj is a second year student of English Hons at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, she writes about her perspective of women in India on International Day of the Girl Child.