Facebook announces We Think Digital for women in Uttar Pradesh

Will work with National Commission for Women and Cyber Peace Foundation to ramp up digital literacy and online safety training for women across India

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 6:51 PM
Facebook We Think Digital

On the occasion of ‘Safer Internet Day’, Facebook launched its ‘We Think Digital’ program in Uttar Pradesh. In partnership with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation, the program aims to provide digital literacy training to 1,00,000 women across seven states starting with the state of Uttar Pradesh and expanding to other states including, Assam, West Bengal Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Bihar, through the year.

We Think Digital, Facebook’s global digital literacy program was announced in 2019 during the second edition of Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit by the Minister of Women and Child Development. It is now being launched across seven states, including Uttar Pradesh with an aim to train and empower communities to overcome the gender imbalance on the Internet.

Speaking at the event, Shri. Jai Pratap Singh, Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Women Welfare, Family Welfare, Maternity and Child Welfare (Govt. of UP), commented, “The Internet has become a driver for change in the current age. These training modules will open doors of equal opportunities for women of Uttar Pradesh and together with Facebook we want to equip and educate people and help make a positive impact.”

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women (GoI) said, "We are focusing on trying to create digital leadership amongst women and help them use technology for empowering themselves, enable them to make smart choices and secure from online risks. The training looks at transforming the learning process and brings about systemic change"

The training program has been designed with a focus on digital literacy and citizenship, addressing issues around privacy, safety, and misinformation. The program was attended by 300 women trainees from across the state, and also included workshops by the NCW and Cyber Peace Foundation.

Commenting on the partnership, Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook India said, “We believe that women should have equal access to economic opportunities, education and social connection that the internet provides. Working closely with experts from across different walks of life, we are constantly innovating and designing activities that will enable digital learning and change in the community. We are encouraged by the support we have received to digitally train women across India and we hope to bring a positive change in the coming months.”

Digital literacy goes beyond internet access and encompasses the skills required to use information and communication technology in a safe and secure way. Facebook is working to educate users on how to use web-based tools effectively, safely, and responsibly.

As part of the program, the company will partner with agencies from both government and civil society, to design learning modules to equip people with skills, including the ability to think critically about what they see online, report harmful content and how to communicate respectfully

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