Gender has been an important lens through which we examine all our work throughout the years, though never a central subject of it.

Our survey work has enabled us to measure the gender gaps in access, use and ownership. Our qualitative work has enabled deeper understanding of the underlying barriers and social context which contribute to the gender gaps and disparities that we see in the data. It has also enabled us to explore beyond the binary conception of gender, to gain more nuanced understandings of the challenges and opportunities that digital technologies bring about for gender minorities.

Through this cross-cutting theme, we try to measure and understand marginalization in technology access and use that can be attributed to gender.


  • #HomeBasedFlexiworkInCovid19 : Joint LIRNEasia, CPR and JustJobs Network panel at 2022 Internet Research Conference

    Senior research managers Gayani Hurulle and Ayesha Zainudeen recently shared insights on the experience of women in India and Sri Lanka working remotely and flexibly during the pandemic at a jointly organised by LIRNEasia, the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi) and the JustJobs Network at the 2022 Internet Research Conference (organised by the Centre for Internet and Society, CIS).  LIRNEasia has been working with CPR and JJN over the last two and a half years on research on if and how digital platforms are empowering women with regards to work opportunities in India and Sri Lanka. The panel was moderated by Sabina Dewan (President and Executive Director, JJN) with panellists bringing in different perspectives and data. Devesh Taneja (Co-Founder, Vyre) started the discussion off with an overview of the platform ecosystem, business models and incentives.  Gayani presented data on the gendered incidence and perceptions of remote work during COVID from our nationally representative surveys of the impacts of COVID in the two countries. Both Mukta Naik (Fellow, CPR) and Ayesha then brought in insights from our joint research Ecosystems of Engagement: Digital Platform and Women’s Work in Sri Lanka and India,  with Mukta speaking about empowerment impacts and Ayesha […]

  • “Now we are Independent”: Female Online Freelancers in India and Sri Lanka (Conference Paper)

    Ramathi Bandaranayake presented the following paper at the 3rd International Conference on Gender Research, held July 16 – 17 2020. The conference took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper discusses the findings of our qualitative research related to female online freelancers in India and Sri Lanka.   Bandaranayake, R., Iqbal, T., Galpaya, H., Senanayake, L., & Perampalam, S. (2020). ‘Now we are Independent’: Female Online Freelancers in India and Sri Lanka. In K. Jones, C. Collins, M. Davies, M. Della Giust, & G. James. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Gender Research (pp. 40-47). Reading, UK: University of Reading. DOI: 10.34190/IGR.20.121    

  • AfterAccess: ICT access and use in Sri Lanka and the Global South (Presentation)

    Presented by Helani Galpaya, Ayesha Zainudeen and Tharaka Amarasinghe on 22 May 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • AfterAccess Asia Report 3.0

    AfterAccess: ICT access and use in Asia and the Global South (Version 3.0)

  • ICT access and use by women in the Global South (Presentation)

    Presented at “Imagine a Feminist Internet: South Asia” on 21 February 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka

  • Internet and gender in Myanmar: findings from research

    Presented by Gayani Hurulle at Myanmar Digital Rights Forum. 18 January 2019, Yangon.

  • AfterAccess: ICT access and use in Nepal and the Global South (Presentation)

    Presented by Helani Galpaya (@helanigalpaya), CEO, LIRNEasia and Tharaka Amarasinghe (@tharaka89), Research Manager, LIRNEasia on 4 October 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • AfterAccess Asia Report

    LIRNEasia. (2018). AfterAccess: ICT access and use in Asia and the Global South (Version 1). Colombo: LIRNEasia

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