Household technologies are part of digital technologies in general, and they have failed to take the needs of women into account. Many women lose access to digital technology because of constant upgrades that make previous formats obsolete and are introduced without consideration for those who are being pushed across the divide. Pushing essential public services, such as healthcare and education, into new systems without adequate planning and preparation for those who cannot easily access them, creates injustice.
IFHE acknowledges that the development of digital technology used in households is driven by market forces. We need strong partnerships however, to assert the accessibility and rights of women to technologies with benefits that go beyond facilitating consumption. Since many women leave formal education early and require personal or household access to education for their daily living, IFHE also calls for capacity-building and education outside of the formal system.
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