Access to technology means access to opportunities
In today’s hyperconnected world, with the proliferation of personal computers, mobile devices, and internet connectivity—it is easy to forget that many people across the world still do not have access to a computer. For many people like Rani*, who live in hard-to-reach, underserved communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh, access to technology—and the myriad opportunities it brings—remain out of reach.
Less than 40% of Bangladesh’s labor force are women. Many are engaged in informal, unpaid, or low-paying jobs that are most at risk of disappearing with the advancement of machine automation. Without access to technology, the opportunities for work and economic growth for Rani are limited.
With the proceeds from SHE IS MORE 2019, IIX empowered vulnerable communities in Bangladesh to become independent through skills training. In the capital of Dhaka, which has over 3.5 million people living in the slums, women in particular lack access to quality education and are mostly employed as domestic or garment workers. IIX is providing over 120 women with access to basic computer and digital literacy training over six months, improving their confidence to access new and better-paying employment opportunities, and build better lives for their families.
At beCuriou and IIX Foundation, we celebrate the value of women as crucial forces in society, and are committed to supporting last-mile programs that empower them to realize their full potential. Together, we want to help women like Rani to move from low-paid, low-productivity jobs to better opportunities, and give her the courage and confidence to change her life and make a better future for herself and her family.
*Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.