Empowering girls and women through the use of information and communication technologies


25 February 2015

The theme of the 2015 UNESCO Mobile Learning Week is Leveraging Technology to Empower Women and Girls. It is co-organised with UN Women and runs from 23 to 27 February 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) contribute to literacy and numeracy by enhancing access and outreach, motivating learners to engage or re-engage in learning, improving the quality of teaching and learning, and boosting the possibilities for lifelong learning.

To showcase this potential, UIL recently published Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning, a compilation of 26 case studies of literacy and numeracy programmes that successfully use radio, TV, mobile phones, tablets and computers. This compilation shows that ICTs can supplement face-to-face adult literacy teaching and help to maintain and develop literacy skills to higher proficiency levels.

Several case studies in this volume explicitly highlight the potential of ICTs to empower women and girls, for examples those from Cambodia (Pink Phone), Iraq (Civic Education Information Service for Female Iraqi Leaders), Kenya (Empowering Self-Help Groups through ICT for Better Education) and Senegal (Literacy Project for Girls and Women using ICT).


English: Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning (PDF, English, 4MB)

Français : Exploiter le potentiel des TIC dans l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des compétences de base (PDF, Français, 6 MB)

Español: Aprovechar el Potencial de las TIC para la Alfabetización (PDF, Español, 6 MB)

More examples of innovative literacy programmes can be found on UNESCO’s Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase)