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Research by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television has revealed that internet usage among Kenyan women is still very low.
High levels of illiteracy amongst Kenyan women, the high cost of internet access and internet-enabled devices, and lack of training were all put forward as reasons for this statistic.
Education and literacy were picked out as being particularly important factors, with the report finding a strong positive correlation between education levels and internet usage.
Some Kenyan women also reported that they stayed away from the internet because they were afraid of being bullied or harassed online. Over a quarter of women who used the internet said that they’d experienced some form of online harassment.
The report recommended that the government should set up computer schools to teach women how to the use the internet, as well as put pressure on mobile manufactures to lower their prices in the country to make them more affordable to women.