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Women and internet in my country

It might be hard to believe that internet; one of the basic needs of present society can be unknown to some. The women in rural parts of Nepal have no idea of what internet is, some of them have not even seen or heard of a computer. I don’t know if writing about the problems faced by women while accessing the internet is appropriate while most of them have no knowledge of it. It can be considered as one of the reflections of the patriarchy our society depended upon. The patriarchal influence today is less as compared to the past; still it exists. Hopefully this will also even out in the days to come. Now moving on to the problems faced by women who have enough knowledge to access the internet. Internet cafes popularly known as cyber cafes can be found almost everywhere in town areas. The prices are also affordable, rs.25/hour. However the power cuts; 12hrs a day makes it difficult to access internet. It hardly makes it possible to use internet from home, making it even harder for women accessing it through the cafes. Inverter; a machine that provides electricity even during power cuts is available but again not affordable to all. Maybe these are just excuses justifying that the women in Nepal are still unaware of the advantages of internet. That internet is capable of more than just Facebook or Twitter or Youtube.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

kellyannaustin's picture

Thank you for sharing some of

Thank you for sharing some of the very real barriers facing women seeking access to the internet in Nepal. The basic availability of electricity is, I must admit, something I take for granted every day. It's so important to put accessibility in perspective. Thank you for explaining the day-to-day present realities in Nepal.

You bring up such an important point about the discussion of access for people who may not even know the internet exists! First things must come first. How do you think rural women might benefit from internet awareness and internet access in you opinion?

Wishing you peace and hope,

Kelly

Jenna Kz's picture

thank you

Thank you for sharing your story. This barrier to technology for women is not something that I have experienced in the United states, so I cannot imagine what that obstacle would be like. But sharing your story and the story of women in your country is an invaluable part of bringing social change to your country.

What are some things do you think technology could serve as a catalyst for change in Nepal (education, advocacy etc.)?

Hi Aakriti,
Yes, when one's father discourages a girl from leaving the house or going to school or somewhere to use a CyberCafe, it definitely stunts that girls future. I see that you are going to law school, so your father must be more open minded than many men. I agree with Jenna I asking how you think the Internet could help change things for girls in Nepal. What are you specific ideas and how might those actions improve life? Keep imagining, writing and sharing.
William

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Powerful piece

Dear Aakriti,

Thanks sister for the insights and opinion. You probably know that the situation in India is similar.

Hope to read more of yours.

Warmly,
Pushpa

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