Why do many women have mobile phones in Africa and yet a few use the internet?
The telecommunication companies in Ghana for instance are making huge sums of money, yet many people complain about access to the internet. Yes having access to the internet is expensive in Africa and call cards for mobile phones are not cheap either. However it is also a fact that half of the population in Ghana have mobile phones.
I believe awareness should be created about the benefits of internet to an individual and people will start setting their priorities right especially women. For instance people could decide to spend part of their call credits on calls and part on the internet. Though some women have the money to access the internet, they do not have the technical knowledge.
The civil societies and governments should take it upon themselves to organize training programs to teach how to use the internet. Teaching people how to use the computer is not enough if there not much emphasis on the benefits of internet. As a woman my knowledge of the internet has connected me to many people.For instance I joined an organization(Ghana Bead Society) as a volunteer in November 2013 , I helped them create a YouTube channel and other technical things on the internet.Today because of my knowledge in internet I manage their Facebook page and I've also been the spokesperson for the organization on many platforms.
I believe creating awareness of the benefits of the internet and training people to acquire the techniques is one of the solutions.Many women will be eager to access the internet in Africa like they use mobile phones.