Digital literacy program will teach 60,000 Indian women how to navigate safely and discern credible information

Facebook launched a pilot program to provide 60,000 women across Indian universities with access to digital literacy skills and awareness training over a period of one year. This initiative will be organized in partnership with the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF).

The training sessions will teach beneficiaries how to use internet, social media and emails safely. It will also be focused on training participants on how to discern credible information to better assess the quality of online contents. The training will be available in local languages across major cities including Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.

According to Facebook Public Policy Director (India, South and Central Asia) Ankhi Das: “economies can only grow well with equal participation from women, and in today’s age, this can largely happen with the free and unhindered presence of women on the internet. This naturally calls for the protection of women when they are online in a manner which reassures and enables them to freely express themselves and share their views.”

Sources: Asian Age and MENA FN