Women's higher participation in internet governance a must now
Female representation in the decision-making processes related to the internet is crucial for addressing the digital divide in Bangladesh, experts said today.
"Women are still underrepresented in internet governance. Women's participation in internet governance can help to address the digital divide," said Farha Mahmud Trina, secretary-general at the Bangladesh Women Internet Governance Forum.
"By increasing women's participation in internet governance, we can help close the digital divide and ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of the internet."
The internet can be a powerful tool for women's empowerment, she said.
It can provide women with access to information, education, and employment opportunities and also help women connect with each other and build networks of support, she added.
She made the comments while presenting a paper titled "Role of women internet governance forum for achieving SDGS 5" at a session of the third edition of the three-day Bangladesh Youth Internet Governance Forum 2023 at the CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka.
Although women are victims of violence on the internet, there is no alternative to connectivity for women, said Amrita Choudhury, vice chair for Asia Pacific at the Internet Governance Forum.
She warned that algorithms of artificial intelligence platforms like ChatGPT could also be used for violence against women.
The three-day Youth IGF ended on Saturday with a total of eight sessions and workshops.