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The women empowered society. The study conducted in

The study conducted in India by Suresh in 2011
showed that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution has
not only explored up new opportunities for economic growth and social advancement
but has also caused problems and challenges. He also argued that there is a
need to enhance opportunities to women to enable them to own, manage and control
industries and service sectors. There is also need to provide more
opportunities in ICT sectors to them in higher managerial, technical positions in
government and non-government agencies, research, educational institutions in
private and public sectors, without confining their role to only call centers,
telecentres, data-entry level and lower levels in the organizations. ICT has to
address to all these problems of women as a whole and has to be used to facilitate
to build a women empowered society. The study conducted in Bangladesh by the
Ahmed et. al., also acknowledged the aspects that the ICT and the related
issues have a dominant influence on women’s empowerment in Bangladesh and hence
women’s involvement in ICT industries and ICT based government and
non-government organizations changes the behavioral aspect of women’s lifestyle
and thereby affects the society as a whole. In addition, government and
industry increasingly argue that improving gender inclusion in ICT does
necessary in terms of economic performance which indicates that there does
exist a gap. Women are seen as a largely untapped resource to overcome the
skills shortage in core ICT occupations. Discussion by the Laizu and Armarego
in their works on the role of ICT on women’s empowerment in rural Bangladesh
conducted in 2010 showed the status of women’s empowerment in terms of
perceptual change in rural villages in Bangladesh after ICT intervention has
been introduced by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). Since empowerment is a
complex phenomenon to measure because of its multidimensional aspects and its
relationship with time as a process, the result indicated a mixed picture;
there has been seen a perceptual change in one village and in another was not
changed. The finding by Hasan in 2012 shows that ICT has some prospective roles
towards gender equality by empowering discriminating women in the socio-cultural
context of Bangladesh. The utilization of ICT influences discriminated women to
attain individual satisfaction, independency and decision making role through economic
participation to the family. ICT also enables the women to acquire education,
knowledge and skills to earn a socially respectful reorganization.

Though, all of the studies showed a more or less
relevant data for ICT, women’s empowerment and gender equality. There is a
dearth of study after initiation of digital Bangladesh vision through ICT based
e-governance and its influence on the gender equality in terms of women’s
empowerment in Bangladesh. No specific and concentrated prior research has been
conducted on this particular issue; hence this study is new of its kind in the
country. 

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