African Women and ICTS: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

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The revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has vast implications for the developing world. But what tangible benefits has it brought when issues of social inclusion and exclusion remain at large? And with the growing gender digital divide, particularly in Africa, what do ICTs mean to African women?

African Women and ICTs explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize these technologies to empower themselves, whether through the village mobile phone ...

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Overview

The revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has vast implications for the developing world. But what tangible benefits has it brought when issues of social inclusion and exclusion remain at large? And with the growing gender digital divide, particularly in Africa, what do ICTs mean to African women?

African Women and ICTs explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize these technologies to empower themselves, whether through the village mobile phone business, Internet use or new career opportunities. Based on extensive field research by academics and activists in their own communities and countries, this timely book covers such issues as the notion of ICTs as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence, and how ICTs could be used to reconceptualize public and private spaces.

All over Africa, ICT policy is currently being made and implemented. As this book argues, by becoming alert now to a gender dimension in ICT developments, we may be able to prevent more undesirable effects in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848131910
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

INEKE BUSKENS is a Cultural Anthropologist and was Head of the Centre for Research Methodology at South Africa's Human Science Research Council for 5 years. She founded Research For the Future in 1996 and now works as an independent international research and process facilitation consultant. ANNE WEBB is a feminist qualitative researcher rooted in participatory action research approaches.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword Heloise Emdon viii

Introduction Ineke Buskens Anne Webb 1

1 Doing research with women for the purpose of transformation Ineke Buskens 9

One ICT tools: access and use

2 Women's use of information and communication technologies in Mozambique: a tool for empowerment? Gertrudes Macueve Judite Mandlate Lucia Ginger Polly Gaster Esselina Macome 21

3 Considering ICT use when energy access is not secured: a case study from rural South Africa Jocelyn Muller 33

4 Rural women's use of cell phones to meet their communication needs: a study from northern Nigeria Kazanka Comfort John Dada 44

5 Egyptian women artisans facing the demands of modern markets: caught between a rock and a hard place Leila Hassanin 56

Two Female-only ICT spaces: perceptions and practices

6 When a gender-blind access policy results in discrimination: realities and perceptions of female students at the University of Zimbabwe Buhle Mbambo-Thata Elizabeth Mlambo Precious Mwatsiya 67

7 An alternative public space for women: the potential of ICT Leila Hassanin 77

8 Using ICTs to act on hope and commitment: the fight against gender violence in Morocco Amina Tafnout Aatifa Timjerdine 88

9 The names in your address book: are mobile phone networks effective in advocating women's rights in Zambia? Kiss Brian Abraham 97

Three Using ICTs: making life better?

10 Mobile phones in a time of modernity: the quest for increased self-sufficiency among women fishmongers and fish processors in Dakar Ibou Sane Mamadou Balla Traore 107

11 Women entrepreneurs in Nairobi: examining and contextualizing women's choices Alice Wanjira Munyua119

12 Internet use among women entrepreneurs in the textile sector in Douala, Cameroon: self-taught and independent Gisele Yitamben Elise Tchinda 133

13 ICTs as agents of change: a case of grassroots women entrepreneurs in Uganda Susan Bakesha Angela Nakafeero Dorothy Okello 143

14 The mobile payphone business: a vehicle for rural women's empowerment in Uganda Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo 154

Four Creating new realities

15 Professional women empowered to succeed in Kenya's ICT sector Okwach Abagi Olive Sifuna Salome Awuor Omamo 169

16 Reflections on the mentoring experiences of ICT career women in Nairobi, Kenya: looking in the mirror Salome Awuor Omamo 183

17 Our journey to empowerment: the role of ICT Ruth Meena Mary Rusimbi 193

Epilogue Ineke Buskens Anne Webb 207

Notes on Contributors 210

Index 217

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