What are we learning about the gender dimensions of tech related interventions?

Session Number: 2466
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: empowerment evaluation, Gender differences, Gender equality and women's empowerment, girls and women, Technology and Evaluation
Session Chair: Linda Raftree [Independent Consultant, Co-Founder MERL Tech]
Presenter 1: Kecia Bertermann [Director, Digital Research and Learning - Girl Effect]
Presenter 3: Alyna Erin Wyatt, Partner [Partner - Genesis Analytics]
Presenter 4: Katherine Khan Gambir [Research Program Coordinator, Poverty, Gender & Youth - The Population Council]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: Marriott Balcony A

Abstract 1 Title: Girls’ Access to Mobile: Program and Evaluation Considerations
Presentation Abstract 1:

Digital platforms delivered via mobile and computers have an increasingly central role in girls’ and boys’ information ecosystem, informing their knowledge, attitudes and decisions via standalone sites and social media. However, in some places, adolescent girls in particular have less access to technology than boys due to stigma associated with girls’ use of tech or measures to protect girls from negative online influences. Girl Effect has conducted extensive qualitative research with girls, boys, parents and gatekeepers in Asia and Africa, and this session will highlight varying factors toward access and ownership, such as urban/rural divide, class, school attendance, online safety and generational differences. These factors, in turn, have the dual effect of influencing digital literacy as a skill and limiting access to information. These implications will be explored in relation to program design and evaluation considerations, especially as related to adolescent girls.


Abstract 3 Title: Digital Jobs Africa: Understanding the benefits experienced by young women
Presentation Abstract 3:

Digital Jobs Africa seeks to catalyse sustainable ICT-oriented employment opportunities and skills training for African youth, while simultaneously supporting training organisations to bridge the gap between relatively weak and irrelevant secondary and tertiary training, and the needs of the corporate sector.   Young women face increased challenges when seeking to enter the working world, such as family pressures and responsibility, often have less education than male counterparts, and some experience situations in which they are unsafe traveling to and from work, amongst other challenges. A set of evaluative case studies were undertaken to understand the impact of having participated in bridging programmes, work placements, and ultimately, successful (or unsuccessful) transition to work in a specifically digital and evolving corporate and global context.

Abstract 4 Title: Protective and Productive Green Technologies that Build Girls’ Assets

Presentation Abstract 4:

Population Council conducts rigorous research to understand girls’ circumstances and what works best to improve their lives. We are exploring how to introduce and scale new technologies in girl-centered programs which build girls’ health, social, and economic assets. In Sierra Leone, the Council has convened the Salone Adolescent Girls’ Network, a network of organizations committed to knowledge sharing, capacity building, collective advocacy, and coordination. Through this network and its partners, the Council is delivering protective and productive green technologies that can be integrated into the lives of the poorest girls in the poorest communities. We are pilot testing solar lamps, solar systems, institutional stoves, and reusable underwear for menstrual hygiene management and their effects on girls’ empowerment. This session will highlight lessons learned from piloting these technologies and recommendations on how to harness green technology through girl platforms more broadly by drawing on lessons from other country contexts.

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

It is not surprising to hear that women’s and girls’ access to assets is lower than that of men and boys. Roughly four billion people globally have yet to adopt the Internet, the majority of them female. Studies show a 23% global “gender gap” in mobile phone ownership. Access to jobs and financial services is lower for women and girls In many contexts. This session explores the nuances behind the numbers. We’ll share learning about how to engage women and girls in design, execution, monitoring and evaluation processes that have strong digital and technological components. We’ll discuss women’s and girls’ day-to-day challenges in accessing and benefiting from the Internet and rural electrification. We’ll unpack the role therein of gatekeepers and wider societal gender norms. We’ll assess different strategies for lowering barriers to female participation in social and economic life and learn how different organizations are measuring women's and girls' engagement.