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African Women and ICTS: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

African Women and ICTS: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

by Ineke Buskens
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848131910
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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