By: Koyali Burman
March 7 2022 / Vancouver
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate women’s achievements but also an opportunity to voice our concerns for persisting gender inequalities. As the world continues to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19 – and with our reliance on digital technologies at an all-time high – it is the perfect moment to highlight the digital gender divide. The digital divide between those who can access digital technologies and those who cannot remains a big gap. The COVID-19 pandemic not only laid bare existing disparities in digital access, but also widened the gap for many.
- Provision of independent devices to migrant women in need, as well as supports to address data poverty and enable access to reliable internet connections, through community organizations, schools, and other charity programs will facilitate enhanced digital inclusion.
- Tailored and culturally responsive digital literacy programs for migrant women of all age groups.
- Addressing the digital divide and erasing digital poverty is key to facilitating the meaningful inclusion of migrant women into new and emerging digital spaces.
Author: Koyali Burman is an accomplished stakeholder engagement and economic development strategist. She has a decade of experience in research, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation both locally and internationally. Originally from India, she holds a Master of Arts in Adult & Higher Education from the University of British Columbia. She holds a leadership position and has spoken about international migration in various platforms and universities in Canada and India. She has held various board of directors and advisory positions in Canada with the most recent ones being Vice President (Board) to Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC and Secretary to United Nations Association in Canada-Vancouver.
Over the past 15+ years she conducted extensive research on women and girls from Sub Saharan Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to help develop relevant skills that will lead to livelihoods. She has developed a Gender-Sensitive Information & Communication Technology Strategy in Open Schooling and presented the strategy in the Pan Commonwealth Conference in Nigeria, Africa in 2014. Koyali in partnership with financial institutions, has helped create a Small Business Hub to empower women entrepreneurs. In 2018, she received the prestigious Pan Asian Recognition Award for her leadership role in supporting Pan Asian communities in British Columbia. As an executive to the United Nations Association in Canada-Vancouver she is passionate about supporting the UNAC-V’s vision on the Sustainable Development Goals to build strong, safe and resilient communities that will be inclusive and innovative for decades to come.
@ 2022 Koyali Burman