African Women and ICTS: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

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This book explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate their empowerment; whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities. Based on the outcome of an extensive research project, this timely books features chapters based on original primary field research undertaken by academics and activists who have investigated situations within their own communities and countries. The ...

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This book explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate their empowerment; whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities. Based on the outcome of an extensive research project, this timely books features chapters based on original primary field research undertaken by academics and activists who have investigated situations within their own communities and countries. The discussion includes such issues as the notion of ICTs for empowerment and as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence, and how ICTs could be used to re-conceptualize public and private spaces.

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  • 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

Foreword
• Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• Knowledge for Change - Knowledge as Change
• Section 1: ICTs for Empowerment? An exploration of women's lived realities
• Women Entrepreneurs in Nairobi: Questioning the power of the cell phone
• Our Jourbaney to Empowerment: The role of ICTs
• The Mobile Telephone as a tool for the Promotion of Emancipation: Strengthening the entrepreneurial initiatives of women fish processors and wholesalers in Dakar
• The Mobile Village Phone Business: A vehicle for rural women's Empowerment and gender equality in Uganda
• The Use of the Internet by of Women Entrepreneurs in the Textile Sector of Douala
• Women's Use of Cell Phones to Meet their Communication Needs - a study of rural women from northern Nigeria
• Section 2: Using ICTs to Re-conceptualize Public Spaces
• Egyptian Women and ICTs: A formula for empowerment
• Digital Empowerment and the Fight Against Gender-based Violence
• Where Are the Female Students in the ICT labs? Female postgraduates at the University of Zimbabwe
• SECTION 3: The Role of ICTs in Development: Developing a deeper understanding
• Women's use of ICTs in Manhiça and Sussundenga: A tool for empowerment?
• ICTs as an Agent of Change: A case for grassroots women entrepreneurs in Uganda
• Making Life Better?
• Egyptian Women Artisans: Facing the demands of modern markets
• Women's Empowerment, Engagement and Satisfaction in ICT Careers in Kenya: Breaking the stereotyping and discrimination in ICT environments
• Mentoring, Learning and Support
• Section 4: The Research Jourbaney
• Reflecting on GRACE: South Africa participatory research process on Energy, ICTs and Gender
• Doing Research as a Life-Changing Experience
• Conclusion
• Index

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