D.Net, a Bangladeshi social enterprise, is working to address issues of access to ICTs and female empowerment through their â€œInfo Ladiesâ€ project. InfoLadies, of which there are 53 across Bangladesh, bike through Bangladeshi villages and provide rural people access to ICTs and the Internet.
In a country with only 4% Internet penetration and a massive gender digital divide, the InfoLadies are providing an important service. They provide education to communities through D.Netâ€™s digital learning tools and empower adolescent girls by providing a platform for them to discuss issues such as reproductive health and early marriage. They also provide a voice to communities by creating access to government services, to information and raising awareness of their rights. These services have been particularly important for rural women.