Gender Equality

Digital training delivered to women's doorsteps in rural Bangladesh

Domar, Bangladesh


Limited opportunities

Because of cultural and traditional practices in Bangladesh, women do not have the same rights and freedoms as men. Once wed, a woman becomes strongly tied to her husband’s family. This greatly limits her opportunities for education and employment.

Women of the revolution

There is currently a digital revolution taking place in Bangladesh, but many young women in rural areas are being excluded. The ICT Division of the Bangladeshi Government, working with mobile network Robi Axiata and Huawei had a vision to change this; empower rural women with the digital skills they’d need to build a successful career. However, due to social restrictions women are often unable to venture far from their homes. The answer? Bring the training to them with the Digital Training Bus program.

Technology on wheels

Each custom built bus has 25 workstations per vehicle. All class members have access to a laptop and facilities including large LED screens, sound system, WiFi and specialised software. Through the use of this simple equipment, these women are given the power to transform their lives. Currently there are six buses covering six regions of the country, visiting different places every day.

Spreading the word

By October 2018, 16,200 women had received training through the Digital Bus Program with a goal of reaching another 150,000 women by 2021. The wider intention is that these graduates pass digital knowledge back to their communities, so far more women than just those trained on the bus can benefit. In this way social taboos in Bangladesh can increasingly be challenged as women, as well as men, are able to pursue the careers of their choice and contribute financially to their families and the country’s economy.

“I had no knowledge of computers. I’d not even seen one before except in photographs. Now that I have a basic digital knowledge from the Digital Training Bus, I don’t want to look back in my life. I want to have advanced knowledge of technologies to get a better life ahead"

- Songita Akter, Domar, Bora Gari Bazar, Nilphamari.

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