International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s day. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender

88535425_internetsociety_gjestvang06“To mark International Women’s Day, photographers at Panos Pictures have teamed up with the Internet Society as part of the Shine the Light campaign to document women from 11 countries who are using technology to make things happen for their communities, families and themselves.

Here the women offer an insight into how they use technology to shape their lives.”

Iffat Gill – Netherlands

Human rights activist and social entrepreneur who founded ChunriChoupaal in Amsterdam, and the award-winning Community Technology Center for Women project in rural Pakistan

Iffat GillImage copyrightPanos Pictures

“I escaped a forced marriage in Pakistan, and one of the biggest reasons was because I was economically empowered. That’s what I’m advocating for.

“It’s very important for women, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, that they are economically empowered. And I think technology provides tremendous opportunities to be able to do that for women.

“It’s just impossible to stay away from technology, because it’s become such an integral part of our life now, and the fact that we are lagging behind and there are less women who are comfortable with technology, or less women in the technology field and into coding, that’s really taking a toll on the whole of humanity.”

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