The COVID-19 lockdowns revealed that the gender digital divide induced by patriarchal control within homes barred girls from accessing their online classes.
Where boys were given priority to consume internet bandwidth for their online games, girls were told to make chai for their family instead of attending their online class.
“During the lockdown, I only attended one online class the entire semester because I’d be told to go offline because someone else wanted to make a WhatsApp call or play a YouTube video,” - Hira
The burden of domestic responsibilities on girls and women within households continues to keep them away from online learning opportunities.
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