Click Here for Equality

July 31, 2015

For most people living in the developed world, accessing the Internet is a habitual practice that forms part of the daily routine. However, there are more people in the world that do not have access to the Internet compared to those who do and there is a distinct economic disparity to match. Too often taken for granted and demonised, access to the Internet allows us to make informed decisions, express our opinions and opens up a world of choice. For these reasons, extending Internet connectivity to women in the Pacific would have instrumental and transformative effects.

“For women, access to the Internet means access to critical resources for improving health, safety, and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities,” says Dr Musimbi Kanyoro – President and CEO, Global Fund for Women.

IWDA Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program partner FemLINKPACIFIC recognises the scarcity of Internet access and instead utilises the popularity of radio as the preferred medium for women in Fiji. As access to the Internet becomes more available, there is room for expansion into other channels.

Increasing connectivity will undoubtedly drive development and equality, by equipping women with crucial information, tools and resources they otherwise would not have access to. However, adequate funding is required to support the implementation of infrastructure in countries that that are not connected.

Read Dr Musimbi Kanyoro’s Huffington Post article here