SEWA Samvaad: Bridging Gender Digital Divide for Women in the Informal Economy
15% of women in India are reported to have access to smartphones, as compared to 34% men.
While the reliance on technology during the #COVID19 pandemic has intensified, access to digital communication has not been universal, particularly for women in the informal economy. This gap in access intensifies other inequalities.
This webinar will not only look to explore the current realities of digital models looking to solve barriers faced by women, but also to identify key recommendations that could take digital engagement with women from the level of increasing access and literacy to true livelihood enablement and empowerment in India.
SEWA Samvaad (from SEWA Bharat), in partnership with Facebook and Sattva, brings together experts in this domain and voices from the ground, to discuss women’s access to technology and explore solutions to empower them digitally.
The specific objectives of this webinar are as follows:
– To bring together key stakeholders across archetypes (grassroots leaders, gender practitioners, and digital inclusion and enablement specialists) to discuss helping women move beyond digital access to digital empowerment, and build out a solution space with programmatic and policy recommendations
– To identify opportunity areas for leveraging digital solutions to enable livelihoods and empowerment during and in the aftermath of COVID-19 for informal sector women
– To ensure that on-ground realities are taken into account when understanding the problem and building out an actionable solution space
– To engage with other ecosystem level players and disseminate insights and recommendations from the webinar to key partners and stakeholders across digital channels
● Date: 11th August 2020
● Time: 4 – 6:30 PM
About SEWA Bharat
The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is primarily a trade union, and has over 1.8 million members across 18 states as of 2019. While the union started with a focus on advocacy and rights, they quickly realized the need to assist members with income and livelihoods support. SEWA Bharat is part of the national SEWA movement. Established in 1984, it is a national federation of SEWA organizations of women working in the informal economy. SEWA Bharat emerged out of the need to address the SEWA movement’s challenges with geographical expansion and coordination. SEWA Bharat is a family of SEWA organizations with the aim to further informal women workers’ rights, livelihoods, financial independence, education, health and social security.