Empowering Indigenous females in rural Australia through technology in the classroom

Kiera attended the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in 2018. She is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Economics at the University of Sydney and has had the opportunity to study abroad in India, France, Vietnam and Denmark.

Abstract

Rural Indigenous females are amongst the most disadvantaged populations in Australia. 

Despite the progress made through the Australian Government’s ‘Closing the Gap’ campaign, not all goals have been met, and statistics show that Indigenous Australians continue to achieve lower education attainment and employment. 

There is a large scope to improve the current situation of Indigenous females in rural Australia, who face intersectional disadvantage to increase education, employment and empowerment. Education and digital literacy, supported by communications technologies, is widely acknowledged as an effective means of empowerment. 

Increasing frequency and scope of technology in the classroom in rural Australia, supported by adequate services and infrastructure, and substantial input from Indigenous communities provides a path to empowering Indigenous females. 

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