Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Empowerment of Women Journalists through Technology in Rural Areas of India
Md Afsar, Suman Kumari
Indian news media is dominated by male journalists and always present women gender’s stereotyping identity in its widespread space. This has culminated to a quest of alternate media platforms that will give larger entree to the media outlets and allow the concerns of marginalized groups to be addressed at their own experiences and terms, specifically women from rural areas. India today presents the rapid rise in the number of Internet users in the world. Women journalists from rural India have started to use independent (based on internet) media effectively to support sustainable development and gender equality in this context. They are reporting and showing their stories not only on electronic and print news media but also on internet (social media and online web based news channels). These medium of communication allow women from rural India to discuss and strengthen their rights over knowledge of various political, social, environmental policies and economic programs. Therefore, aim of this paper is to study and analyze the impact and use of technology by women journalists from rural India. This will enable to further study the engagement of women in upbringing of women taking part in news media world, be in news gathering or news creation and broadcasting. The data is collected via group discussions, interviews, and questionnaires with the women journalists. The study conducted in the paper shows that technology is playing a very significant role in empowering women in rural areas of our country.
Keywords: Technology, Women Journalist, Media, Empowerment, Rural.