Due to social constraints and stereotyping, women are particularly excluded from ICT related
careers, one of the male dominated sector. Additionally, the few women who pursue such
careers remains unemployed or underpaid compared to their male counterparts. A quick analysis of the ICT penetration in Kenya proves that a majority of ICT resources are based in urban Kenya leading to a big digital divide against rural Kenya, where a majority of women lives. While factors such as ICT infrastructures, is the main hindrance to participation of all gender in information technology in rural Kenya, women are especially the most affected exacerbated by factors such as low literacy levels affecting their participation directly, lack of resources as a result of high poverty levels, and even where technological facilities such as cyber café are available, they are out of reach for the women both culturally and physically.
To address the socio-economic barriers to entry into the labor market and ICT gap among young women in rural Kenya, the Program establishes centres where girls and women will learn digital literacy level packages as well as entrepreneurship, life skills and behavior change and communication.
EmpServe recognizes the countless job opportunities and other ripple outcomes associated with digital literacy advancement stretching from the complex telecommunication technologies, radio and television broadcasting, electronic media, computer hardware and software, and print media. We are also cognisant of the Kenyan government efforts to increase rural electrification through the Last Miles Programme, and DigiLabs comes at a time to take advantage of such developments to advance girls use of ICT and the associated technology at the grassroots.