5:00 PM
VC Faculty Lounge, Academic Block
Dr. Hadia Majid
Dr. Maryam Mustafa

Abstract: The speakers present insights from their on-going and completed projects which investigate the intersection of women's access to and use of digital technologies and their economic empowerment. Over a span of three years, they have interviewed about 200 low-literate, low-income women workers engaged in a variety of occupations across Pakistan. They present evidence on the existing state of women’s participation and access to digital spaces, focusing on the gendered design of technologies. In particular, they highlight how this access varies depending on the nature and place of work women engage in. In the end, they reflect on the opportunities and the pitfalls in creating mechanisms for support that further women’s access to and use of digital technologies to enable and improve their earning potential.