Digital Literacy for improved lives of vulnerable women

Lucy Wairimu and Margaret Kinyua during a literacy training held in Korogocho. Photo Credit Ngele Mwarimbo-Ali

Technology and women rights 

"Technology will help us. In our nature of work, our employers sometimes assault us but because we never have evidence, our rights are violated without any action against the offenders. Using smart phones and tablets, we can document these incidences and use them as evidence when reporting the violation cases to the police and in court hearing. This will help us defend our rights as domestic workers” Lucy Wairumu, domestic worker from Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya

Oxfam is partnering with Intel She will Connect programme to equip women with skills on ways to use technology effectively. This partnership attempts to use an integrated approach to bridge the digital divide between men and women by equipping 30,000 women (20,000 small scale traders and 10,000 domestic workers) in Nairobi urban informal settlements with digital literacy skills while sensitising them on ways they can use technology to enhance their lives, exercise their rights and participate in governance processes. The training takes a participatory approach where the women are given tablets installed with the digitised modules on different topics such as easy-steps on technology use, financial management, note taking, record keeping, social media for business marketing and public participation approaches.