Newspaper article – Engendering the Digital Economy: Reflections from Women Market Vendors in Uganda

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day as appropriately chosen by the United Nations, was “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.”
It takes into account why technological innovations are increasingly being recognized as a precondition by civil society organisations, governments, the academia and private sector to accelerate the attainment of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5 on ‘gender equality and women’s empowerment.’

From e-commerce ventures that facilitate entrepreneurship to e-governance and e-learning platforms that take classrooms to individuals, technological innovations have proved over time to have the potential to serve as powerful tools that break trends and increase awareness, access and availability of opportunities especially for previously marginalized groups.

However, history shows that such innovation does not certainly and automatically benefit all alike. For example, of the estimated 2.7 billion people currently unconnected to the internet globally, the majority are women and girls. Unfortunately, this gap is continuously expanding, especially in developing countries, creating a pertinent need to support digital gender equality interventions (International Telecommunication Union, 2022).

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