Connecting Rural Women in India to the Internet

India has the second largest Internet user base, but also has one of the greatest online gender disparities. Girls are often told by their parents that the Internet is not safe for women, and that would be why they should not use the internet.

The women in India are at risk of getting left behind as the world goes online. In villages, generally parents do not allow girls to continue their education after 8th grade. While even urban women are coming online, rural women are struggling. There are still many women who do not know what the Internet is, and have never seen a laptop or tablet before. If they were able to get online, it would mean an enormous transformation of their lives. With the knowledge they would obtain, they would likely be able to earn a higher income and stand on their own feet.

In November 2016, a group of 24 Mozilla volunteers and staff met in Bangalore, India, to work on the DinoTank winning problem statement of how to connect rural women in India to the Internet. Participants spent a weekend ideating and building ideas for concepts that could tackle some of the many barriers for Internet access. The findings and results of the design sprint have now been published.

Vnisha Srivastav, volunteer in the Mozilla India community, wrote about the design sprint and her experiences on the Mozilla Open Innovation Medium Blog.