This week, to mark International Women’s Day, ITU is celebrating initiatives to empower women and girls through digital inclusion.
The priority theme of the 62nd session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will explore “challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
At ITU, we recognize the incredible power of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to create economic and social opportunities for women, especially in rural areas. Thailand has recently shown great leadership in this area through rural women agricultural technology (agritech) training programs and digital skills training across the country.
Agritech training for female students and others in Thailand
As part of ITU’s International Girls in ICT Day last year, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Microsoft (Thailand), Cisco (Thailand) and ITU, launched a capacity building program aimed at imparting digital skills to female students in Thailand.
One of the thematic areas was “Agritech Using ICTs,” in which more than 200 female students and other community members built skills and awareness to help them use ICTs for farming.
The program consisted of three training sessions of three days each primarily focusing on school children in Thailand. The workshops were conducted by the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University.
The training focused on ICT skills, knowledge and innovations that could be applied to both the ‘Smart Farm Model’ and the Learning Program of the Agricultural and Technology Schools and Colleges.
“We gained more confidence in using ICT for our own development, as well as to help our families’ farms,” one of the girls said after the training.
The students were trained to use mobile devices for farm applications, as well as raise awareness on use of unmanned aerial vehicles and drone technology as it relates to the development of agricultural and natural resources.