Chennai, NFAPost News Service: On the occasion of ‘Safer Internet Day’, Facebook has launched its ‘We Think Digital’ programme in Uttar Pradesh.
In partnership with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation, the programme aims to provide digital literacy training to 1,00,000 women across seven states starting with the state of Uttar Pradesh and expanding to other states including, Assam, West Bengal Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Bihar, through the year.
We Think Digital, Facebook’s global digital literacy programme was announced in 2019 during the second edition of Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit by the Minister of Women and Child Development. It is now being launched across seven states, including Uttar Pradesh with an aim to train and empower communities to overcome the gender imbalance on the Internet.
Speaking at the event, Ministry of Women Welfare, Family Welfare, Maternity and Child Welfare (Govt. of UP) Cabinet Minister Jai Pratap Singh, commented, “The Internet has become a driver for change in the current age. These training modules will open doors of equal opportunities for women of Uttar Pradesh and together with Facebook we want to equip and educate people and help make a positive impact.”
National Commission for Women (GoI) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “We are focusing on trying to create digital leadership amongst women and help them use technology for empowering themselves, enable them to make smart choices and secure from online risks. The training looks at transforming the learning process and bring about systemic change”
The training programme has been designed with a focus on digital literacy and citizenship, addressing issues around privacy, safety, and misinformation. The programme was attended by 300 women trainees from across the state, and also included workshops by the NCW and Cyber Peace Foundation.
Commenting on the partnership, Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook India said, “We believe that women should have equal access to economic opportunities, education and social connection that the internet provides. Working closely with experts from across different walks of life, we are constantly innovating and designing activities that will enable digital learning and change in the community. We are encouraged by the support we have received to digitally train women across India and we hope to bring a positive change in the coming months.”