Exclusive: Intel to work with India to develop education and technology policies that empower women

Infotech Lead Asia: Intel on Thursday said it would work with Indian policy makers to develop education and technology policies that empower women in the country.

Besides India, Intel and the 10×10 campaign, partners on the new feature film “Girl Rising,” will work with policymakers in low- and middle-income countries to develop transformative education and technology policies that empower women, achieve gender equity in access to quality education and accelerate economic development.

“India is definitely a target.  One of the girls from the film Girl Rising is from Kolkata, India.  After the framework is developed, which will begin in June, it will be made available around the world and we would be very interested in working with Indian policymakers/leaders,” an Intel spokesperson told InfotechLead.com.

Intel and 10×10 will develop and host gender equity and education policy workshops, and develop regional policy frameworks based on key gender needs. The workshops will help governments think deeply about issues of gender equity as they develop national policy plans for broader education transformation.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations report, each year of secondary schooling increases a girl’s future wages by 10 to 20 percent.

At the national level, increasing the share of women with secondary education by just 1 percent increases a country’s annual GDP by an average of .3 percent.

Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation, said: “By working with 10×10 and policymakers to improve gender equity in education, Intel is taking the vital message of ‘Girl Rising’ into action. Together, we can empower girls and help them become agents of positive change in their communities.”


Ambika K

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