On January 22, 2021, to commemorate the occassion of National Girl Child Day, C3 organized a webinar to release the findings of a survey conducted across 10 states and 29 districts, that examined the intense digital divide adolescent girls in India are facing during the pandemic. The survey was conducted in association with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and covered 4,100 respondents across four key stakeholder groups – adolescent girls, family members, teachers, and representatives of community organisations (like NGOs). The survey explored how gender biases, financial constraints, lack of infrastructure support, and absence of digital skills put girls are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to digital access. Releasing the findings of the survey, Dr Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, C3 said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequalities girls in India face, and we need to work to keep them in school. The aim of our survey has been to suggest a framework to address the everyday challenges adolescent girls experience in owning, accessing, understanding and using digital technology.”
You can read the full report here.