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Kampala – Many African women have less free time to experiment with new information and communication technology (ICT) and also experience twice as many challenges accessing the Internet as men do, a report on Uganda has shown. The report by the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) says Ugandan women face challenges such as working infrastructure and high illiteracy rate compared to men.

The report was launched in December 2014, but was discussed at an event to commemorate Women’s Day this month (8 March) in Kampala, Uganda.

According to the report,82 percent of men in Uganda are literate compared to only 64 percent of women.

Goretti Amuriat, WOUGNET programme manager for gender and information and communication technology (ICT),says the most pressing barriers affecting women’s access to ICTs are low literacy levels, affordability and ICT policy decisions, which affect women uniquely.

“I have seen this especially in the rural areas.When we go to train women in using ICTs they send their daughters who are educated,”Amuriat adds.

For women to access ICTs just like men, Amuriat argues, they need to get rid of technophobia as many of them do not use their phones beyond calling,receiving calls and text messages.

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By Esther Nakkazi

Credit picture: ICT Update/CTA

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