NEW YORK Feb. 23, 2011
"Girls still face access barriers and those of us who work with new technologies need to be aware of who is being left out when we propose using them in our work. Income levels, language, literacy, education, customs and gender discrimination are barriers that girls face when trying to access any kind of opportunity, new technology included."
Focusing on two of the 21st century’s fastest growing areas — the boom in city populations and the explosion of IT and communication technology — the report examines the prospects and perils facing girls. While there are great opportunities, prejudice and poverty exclude millions of girls from taking advantage of all that technology can offer.
Raftree was joined by Fabiola, 17, a girl delegate from Plan Cameroon, who spoke on her experiences with information technology and girls’ rights. "I will say girls are full citizens. We are not simply mothers of tomorrow but leaders of future generations and members of our society. Girls should be given equal rights and opportunities to be engaged in science and technology just like the boys.
"The world has been reduced to a global village with science and technology. Girls and women should not be left behind. All we need is to express our minds and we should be guaranteed freedom of expression. When we are treated as full partners in development issues, real change will result."
Plan supports increasing access for girls and women to new technology, investment in education for girls and women, and stopping gender-based violence against the girl child.
SOURCE Plan International USA