Digitally connecting Indian women vital: Intel executive


Making Indian women e-literates and digitally connected is vital for their empowerment in the present day world, a senior executive of computing technology giant Intel said today.

"Women's empowerment is an area which has not received due attention in India and no country can achieve real progress if every citizen, including women, do not feel empowered," Debjani Ghosh, Intel's South Asian MD (Sales and Marketing) said.

"By giving theme-literacy and making them digitally empowered, we can connect women to the world of opportunities. Technology can make a difference in people's lives," she said. Ghosh was here for the launch of "Intel Easy Steps

Programme", which is in collaboration with 'Kudumbashree,' the mstate's poverty eradication mission. Easy Steps Programme is aimed at giving adult learners the opportunity to improve their social and economic self sufficiency through digital literacy. It helps people learn mbasic computer skills that are locally relevant and useful,

both personally and professionally. Ghosh told PTI that with the help of NGOs, governments and local implementation agencies, the company has so far trained around one million people across India under the programme.

Agencies and departments with the capability and vision mwere identified as local partners in each state to implement the programme, she said.

"Having the right information at the right time will definitely create a change in people's lives. Whoever is the learner, whether he or she is a farmer or a teacher by profession, getting the information at the right time will help them maximise their output. To train them in using technology will surely help them in improving what they are doing," she said. To cater to needs of local people, the Programme supports many languages and multiple hardware and software solutions.

On gender difference in the corporate world, Ghosh said if women consider themselves equal to men, gender would have mno role to play in their workplaces.

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