Over the past year, Beyond Access Myanmar has launched a nation-wide program to provide shared technology through community libraries in more than 50 hub communities across Myanmar. The initiative, a collaboration of MBAPF, Ooredoo, the Ministry of Information and IREX is bringing digital literacy and new learning opportunities to people in Myanmar.
Libraries have started offering technology and guidance in making use of the internet, but there is still disparity among those benefiting from this new service. Data collected by libraries indicates that library tablets are being used twice as much by men and boys as by women and girls. In Myanmar, the technology sphere is dominated by males, with women largely left out of this rapidly expanding field.
Libraries have the potential to provide a neutral space for women and girls to learn and develop new skills. As a trusted community institution, libraries are the ideal base to serve women in gaining the skills in demand in a 21st century economy. But this will only happen if there is a coordinated effort to reach them and provide a support system that helps them apply their new skills in productive ways.
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