Episode 8: Internet Access From a Gender Lens

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas

Featuring Guest Speakers: Freeda Jane Madius, Research Manager from WISDOM Foundation, and Mastura M. Rashid, Strategist from Impact Malaysia

There’s no denying that access to the internet has become essential in our daily lives. Thanks to technology, we are now able to work, shop, communicate and acquire important services remotely and conveniently. Not to mention, technology has also become a crucial enabler for the exercise and enjoyment of many of our human rights, especially our freedom of expression and right to information.

When the pandemic struck, we have seen how a lack of meaningful access to the internet significantly impacted people’s lives. With social distancing and having to live under quarantine conditions, we had to depend on technology to help us in a number of our daily activities, ranging from communication and work to accessing health services, education, information, and income-generating activities. While some of us may take having access to the internet for granted, for the communities without it, internet access is a matter of life and death.

In this episode, we discuss what internet access should look like and unpack the gender digital divide. We also explored how we can move from internet access being a public good to a human right to be equally enjoyed by all.

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These are the personal opinions of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of their organizations or institutions.

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