World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta and Goethe-Institut Indonesien to hold workshop on digital literacy for girls from July 10-12.
Only 20 percent of Indonesian women have access to the internet; of those, only 26% express their views online and only 5% find information in the Web about their rights. This are findings from the World Wide Web Foundation’s flagship report on “Women’s Rights Online”, which showed the significant digital gender gap in Indonesia.
To address the inacceptable gender gap in IT education and to boost women´s empowerment in the country, the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Labs in Jakarta, together with Goethe-Institut Indonesien came up with a program designed to support women’s access and use of the internet. The program focuses on strengthening young women’s digital literacy capacities, and combatting online gender-based violence and content.
As a first stage of the project, the Open Data Labs Jakarta and Goethe-Institut Indonesien in cooperation with “Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative (PASCH) will jointly conduct a workshop entitled “Starting them young”, focusing on digital literacy capacity building. Twenty-two young female students that currently are in 10th and 11th grade have been selected from various schools around Jakarta, BSD and Bogor to come together in the capital between 10–12 July and participate in the workshop. During their training, the girls will select an open data project and will be assisted by expert mentors. An integrated competition will further ensure that the students are motivated to strive for the best possible results while working together to create visualizations, data narratives, and other relevant products.
The final results and the winners of the competition will be showcased during a forum on “Girls’ Digital Literacy” at GoetheHaus on 12 July, 14:00 WIB. The aim of the forum is to evaluate the current situation of digital literacy of girls in Indonesia and to determine strategic actions to improve their digital skills in the future. The forum will also feature speeches by a representative of the Ministry of Education on “User Generated Content and Plans for Digital Literacy in the DKI” and a representative from the Ministry of ICT on “Women Empowerment: The Importance of Digital Empowerment”.
Journalists are welcome to join our forum as well as to visit our workshop by pre-registering with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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