Covid-19 has put a toll on the world by closing down schools and making them virtual. In countries such as the United States, the effect on student's education was viewed as a smaller obstacle in comparison to the devastation socially and economically. However, other countries faced even harsher complications especially those who lack the widespread technology to educate their students.
India is just one of many in which women were given little to no education for the past century. However, according to the Times of India, 116 percent more women graduated compared to the small 65 percent increase within men within the past 15 years. These women were finally given the chance to proper education. Educating these women-only empowered them to seek gender equality and help them understand the injustice lives they were forced to live.
Due to the shut-down of schools, all of these goals and progress have been closed off. Because there are no school buildings to go to, adolescent girls cannot continue their education online. Why? Because some communities in India disapprove of a woman with a mobile phone, according to Foreign Affairs. A mobile phone is a way to give access and rights to women; it shows important information, gives access to bank accounts, and determines where to get proper food. According to Forbes India, about 38 percent of women own a mobile phone compared to 71 percent of men. This disadvantage exacerbates the gender inequalities of digital media. As a result, this creates an endless cycle in which gender inequality on digital platforms adds to the never-ending cycle of the radical spectrum of equality.
A mix of digital and physical education is most likely to take place as schools reopen. Recognizing the risks to girls’ education, the government of India needs to take upon a gender lens when putting in school guidelines. Without change, this pandemic has pushed back female education and will destroy the positive growth in the past decades.
By: Isabel Sung
Revised by: Rayyan Ahmed