By Keshet Bachan
Who are adolescent girls?
An estimated 500 million adolescent girls living
in the ‘developing’ world today
Why adolescent girls?
1. Suffer from multiple forms of discrimination
2. Invisible in development programming
3. Potential...
What do we want to challenge?
• Structural forms of discrimination
• Traditional / cultural / religious beliefs
• Poverty
...
Why ICT’s?
• Availability
• Connectivity
• Privacy
• Flexibility
Examples
• Accessing information on
SRHR
• Community mobilization
(stop child marriage)
• Birth registration through
SMS
•...
What steps need to be taken to
include adolescent girls in ICT4D?
• STEM education
• Legislation and policy
• Working with...
Remember!
ICTs are not a silver bullet – they are another
tool for facilitating change and promoting
gender equality.
The ...
Remember!
The intersection of girl’s rights and online
spaces / digital tools, often poses risks.
Technology can challenge...
Adolescent girls programming & policy
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adolescent girls and ICT4D

  1. 1. By Keshet Bachan
  2. 2. Who are adolescent girls? An estimated 500 million adolescent girls living in the ‘developing’ world today
  3. 3. Why adolescent girls? 1. Suffer from multiple forms of discrimination 2. Invisible in development programming 3. Potential for breaking intergenerational cycle of poverty 4. Adolescence is best age for interventions / changing life trajectories
  4. 4. What do we want to challenge? • Structural forms of discrimination • Traditional / cultural / religious beliefs • Poverty • Intersecting inequalities and compounding vulnerabilities • internalizing oppression • Endemic violence
  5. 5. Why ICT’s? • Availability • Connectivity • Privacy • Flexibility
  6. 6. Examples • Accessing information on SRHR • Community mobilization (stop child marriage) • Birth registration through SMS • Finding work • Connecting with peers (less isolation)
  7. 7. What steps need to be taken to include adolescent girls in ICT4D? • STEM education • Legislation and policy • Working with men & boys • Female mentors / role models
  8. 8. Remember! ICTs are not a silver bullet – they are another tool for facilitating change and promoting gender equality. The many challenges of structural discrimination, which prevent adolescent girls from realizing their basic rights, also mean they have less access to ICTs. We must always ask – are ICTs in a given situation the best tool?
  9. 9. Remember! The intersection of girl’s rights and online spaces / digital tools, often poses risks. Technology can challenge or facilitate discrimination and violence against women and girls. It’s important to think about the gendered implications of the tools we choose to adopt.
  10. 10. Adolescent girls programming & policy

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