The National Commission for Women (NCW) in collaboration with the Facebook and Cyber Peace Foundation (a civil society organisation based in Ranchi, Jharkhand involved in training related to all aspects of cyber security), has initiated a ‘Digital Literacy Programme’ for college/university women students.
The Digital Literacy Programme for women seeks to promote digital literacy for women, raising awareness about cyber crimes, advising the users about the resources available to women, to prevent the problems and also how to handle such crimes. The ‘Digital Literacy Programme’ aims to train 60,000 women in universities across major cities of India regarding safe use of internet, social media and email.
The above Information was given by Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
Women literacy in India
According to the 2011 census, literacy rate for men was 82.14 percent whereas for women it was 65.46 percent. However, there has been a substantial increase in literate women and the gap is gradually narrowing. The census also suggested that since 2011, 110 million additional women had become literate compared to 107 men.
Females constitute nearly 50 percent of India’s population but lack of education prevent them from being part of the progress and development.
There is also difference in the female literacy rate based on various regions. Female literacy in urban areas is higher compared to rural India. For example, in Rajasthan women illiteracy rate is quite low.