Financial independence tool for women unveiled
03 September 2014, 17:19
Nairobi - Dinah Moraa strives to ensure that young women who don’t have access to formal education are empowered through technology.
Moraa, 32, is the founder of Empowering Women of the Future organization located in Kayole that seeks to educate young women on the importance of education.
“I use technology to show them short documentaries on how poor ladies have achieved education and brought positive impact to the society,” says Moraa.
“To free women from financial dependence on intimate partners who often assault and abuse them, we download free tutorial videos on photography and makeup artistry. This has saved me the cost of having someone physically come to the community to teach them these skills and it has enabled them learn at their own pace,” Moraa said.
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Moraa’s three year old project has transformed many women who are now literate and are competent to access the web on their own and learn on different topics including sexual and reproductive health.
“Poverty and financial dependence have denied many young women access to formal education. But technology makes it possible for information to come to them no matter where they are,” she explains.
She adds that social media can be a neutral player when used correctly saying teenage school girls can get information and learn in an inclusive environment where they are not labeled, made fun of or bullied into conformity.
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