Facebook Forge Alliance with NCW for Digital Literacy for Women

The US social media major Facebook has forged alliance with the National Commission for Women (NCW) in order to organize a digital literacy program, which is apparently aimed at training women scholars in Punjab University, quoting IANS, TOI reported.

Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director-India, South and Central Asia-Facebook told the news agency, “We are committed to equipping women to express themselves freely. That’s why we invested through our products, policies and community education programs to create a safe space for women to communicate and share.”

Rolled out in alliance with Cyber Peace Foundation, the program will enable women scholars to learn using online resources, protect themselves and promote digital literacy to reap the benefits of the Internet, noted the report.

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson (I/C), National Commission for Women was quoted as saying by the report, “We are delighted to see the digital literacy program rolling out and unfolding immense opportunities for young women, giving them access to technology and freedom to express.”

Digital Literacy Program

The social media giant entered into a partnership with NCW last month and launched a digital literacy program in order to train 60,000 women in varsities pan India on the safe use of the Internet, social media and e-mail in a year. The digital literacy program will benefit women in universities across major cities in Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, quoting Facebook, the report added.

The National Commission for Women was set up as statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 ( Act No. 20 of 1990 of Government of India ) to :

  • Review the Constitutional and Legal safeguards for women ;
  • Recommend remedial legislative measures ;
  • Facilitate redressal of grievances and
  • Advise the Government on all policy matters affecting women.

In keeping with its mandate, the Commission initiated various steps to improve the status of women and worked for their economic empowerment:

  • The Commission completed its visits to all the States / UTs except Lakshdweep and prepared Gender Profiles to assess the status of women and their empowerment.
  • It received a large number of complaints and acted suo-moto in several cases to provide speedy justice.
  • It took up the issue of child marriage, sponsored legal awareness programmes, Parivarik Mahila Lok Adalats and reviewed laws such as Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, PNDT Act 1994, Indian Penal Code 1860 and the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 to make them more stringent and effective.
  • It organized workshops / consultations, constituted expert committees on economic empowerment of women, conducted workshops / seminars for gender awareness and took up publicity campaign against female foeticide, violence against women etc. in order to generate awareness in the society against these social evils.

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