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A  report from daily trust is sayng over 60 percent of
educated women in the northern part of the country do not have access to
the internet. 

 The study was conducted the ‘Centre for
Information Technology and Development (CITAD), a Non Governmental
Organization (NGO) on the use of internet women in the north.

 CITAD Executive Director. Ya’u Zakari Ya’u, disclosed
this over the weekend at a workshop tagged ‘Research Findings on Women
and Use of Internet in the North’ held in Bauchi.‎

 He said that the survey, which was conducted in
Bauchi and Kano state has indicated that women who have no access to the
Internet have been rendered technologically and socially disadvantaged
compared to their male counterparts in the region.

 According to him, the factors hindering northern
women from using the Internet include: inadequate infrastructures,
computer illiteracy, bad perception about the internet as well as
religious and cultural factors among others.

 Ya’u lamented that some clerics and husbands
discourage women in the region from browsing through the Internet and
social networks due to the fear that their wives may lose privacy, get
exposed to sexual harassment or visit bad sites that could corrupt them.

 He, however, promised that CITAD would soon embark on
awareness campaigns in the area on the significance of the internet and
its benefits so as to bridge the gap.

 Speaking, a female member of the Bauchi state House
of Assembly, Maryam Garba Bagel, asserted that it is not a taboo for
housewives to use internet or social media because they could get useful
information and knowledge that would add value to their lives.

 Bagel, who served as chairperson of the occassion
promised to present  a proposal to the state government through the
ministry of women affairs to establish computer training centres in all
parts of the state to teach women the basic knowledge of computer

 She said that Computer knowledge will enable women access the internet like their counterparts in advanced nations.

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