“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

-Nelson Mandela

If there ever was a quote that so perfectly encompasses the significance of education…

Technology defines our era. In the past few decades, numerous innovations—including ever-shrinking computers, mobile phones, and alternative energies—have been introduced in homes and workplaces, changing the way we live, how we work, and what we’re able to do.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Information and communications are closely linked to power and the ability to affect change. Socially the majorities of Pakistani women are still tradition bound and are in disadvantageous position. ICTs are emerging as a powerful tool for women empowerment in a developing country like Pakistan.

“To awaken the people, it is women who must be awaken; once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves and the nation moves”.


Within the digital divide of access to information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries exists another gap: between boys and girls, men and women. Particularly in developing countries and rural areas, girls and women are often restricted to traditional roles, and do not have equal access to technologies and technology training.

So there is a greater need for bringing women in to mainstream of development of Pakistan. ICT opens up a direct window for women to the outside world. Information now flows to them without distortion or any form of censoring, and they have access to same information as their male counterpart. ICT are closely linked to power and the ability to affect change. It can create new opportunities by expanding information flows and by making communications more accessible, people living in poverty can make better choices, voice their opinions, demand their rights and have more power over their own lives.


The potential to advance women economically may be the most exciting transformative feature of technology. Empowering women and improving the efficiency of their work is critical for reducing poverty.

Women’s economic advancement also promotes overall economic growth.

The implication of this evidence is simple: Investing in women can transform the trajectory for children and families and can lead to widespread economic growth.

As numerous studies have shown, when women do have access to educational resources, their families and communities benefit.  As more and more information is moving online, it is critical that women and girls have equal, safe, and reliable access to computers and the internet. Without access to computers, the internet, and technology training, girls and women will continue to be excluded from many opportunities for social and economic leadership.

Past initiatives demonstrate that technologies, if effectively applied and distributed, can produce important economic gains for women, their families, communities, and societies. By taking the time and effort to apply these ideas now, we have the opportunity to leverage technologies in a way that puts women in developing countries on a higher trajectory toward economic advancement while also benefiting the aims of programs and businesses. With progress, women can become the majority of inventors and collaborators who lead development of the very tools that change the game for them.

Such a promising opportunity for women—and the world—must not be missed.


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