Mexico City, Mexico — In Women’s Hands was created at a moment when we digital women activists galvanized around two simple questions: Will the Internet be a fairer, freer and more balanced means to participate nonviolently in the social struggles that are dear to us? Will we have access to more bandwidth to voice our concerns and advance toward achieving better societies for women and girls around the globe?
From Mexico City, where I am based, I see a future where women have more access to digital means of communications. The use of cell phone and SMS technologies is bringing women closer to their families, inserting them in the job market, and making them more independent and reachable at all times.
However, the costs of being connected are high and present a problem for many women, however, I have witnessed incredible creativity from Mexican women to breach the digital divide and get online! The use of the Internet and social media is increasing and for one comment on Twitter made by a man in Mexico, women make 2.5! Are we taking over the twittersphere? Perhaps we are.
I believe that our calling as female digital activists is to make technology work for us, in favor of our causes. My role at In Women’s Hands is to help other women find their digital voices, using a variety of channels and creative means to bypass the digital divide and any financial constraints that prevent us from getting on line. Women of all economic strata should benefit from the masses of information that so many of us have access to.
My goal at In Women’s Hands is as determined as my commitment to women’s nonviolent activism.
Luisa Ortiz, PhD, is Founder and CEO of NOVA-México Digital Solutions. http://nova-digital.blogspot.com/