As ICTs infiltrate all aspects of our lives, it is critical for females to actively engage as members of the Information Society. ICTs can provide for greater gender equality in careers, which is one of the goals of the Venezuelan government.
Many countries around the world face a shortage of trained ICT personnel and Venezuela is no exception. In particular, the government recognizes the role girls and young women can play in filling this impending gap, promoting programs such as Infocentros Canaimitas, holding training in telecommunications and providing free software to its citizens.
The number of Internet users in Venezuela is also rapidly increasing. In the first quarter of 2014, data service providers estimated the number of Internet users in the country as 13 million, 50% of whom were female, demonstrating the need for discussion on women and ICT.
Recognizing the work of ITU, including its annual International Girls in ICT Day, Venezuela understands this need for further discussion on the use of ICTs for female empowerment. As part of the “Conference on Internet Development and Social Transformation” in Caracas on Tuesday, August 12, organized by the Association of Internet Users Venezuela, Internauta, participants received training on gender mainstreaming and social issues surrounding women and ICT. Nerissa Aguilera, a computer specialist and participant in a variety free software initiatives, delivered this training. Aguilera is also a member of Accessible World, an organization that develops and disseminates accessible technologies for persons with disabilities.
Additional conference discussion topics included the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, free “Infogobierno” technologies, the need for a sovereign system of traffic exchange points, and other issues related to the use of ICTs for social development.
For further information see http://www.internetvenezuela.net.ve/