African Women and ICTs: Creating New Spaces with Technology by Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb

By Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb

This book explores the ways that ladies in Africa make the most of details and conversation applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; no matter if in the course of the cellular village mobile enterprise, via web use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in response to the end result of an in depth study venture, this well timed books positive factors chapters in response to unique fundamental box learn undertaken by means of lecturers and activists who've investigated occasions inside of their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue comprises such matters because the suggestion of ICTs for empowerment and as brokers of swap, ICTs within the struggle opposed to gender-based violence, and the way ICTs may be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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The community then proceeded to elect one woman from each village to participate in our research project. The women participants selected were: Zanele Mangxa, Nontobeko Landule, Sindiswa Manipa, Sylvia Skwati, Nozamile Nkosini and Nothiswa Nkosini. This approach complemented the research as we were able to develop a broader understanding of the variations in perceptions of, access to and use of energy in the area and how this impacted on the use of ICTs in Lucingweni. 36 By telling their life stories and reflecting on their lived realities, the women involved expressed their perceptions of the effects that energy and certain ICTs have had on their lives (Mbilinyi 1992).

United Nations (2005) Gender Equal­ ity and Empowerment of Women through ICT, New York: Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations. World Bank (2002) Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook (Draft), World Bank, siteresources. pdf, accessed 31 March 2008. 32 3 | Considering ICT use when energy access is not secured: a case study from rural South Africa J ocelyn M uller Background There is growing interest in the role information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in enhancing the effectiveness of poverty reduction programmes in the South and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

In Nigeria women represent the majority of the rural poor (up to 70 per cent), and they play a major role in the survival strategies of rural households. Nigeria ranks 139th out of 157 countries on the Human Poverty Index; out of 108 developing countries, Nigeria ranks 80th. It also ranked 139th out of 157 countries for the Gender-related Development Index (UNDP 2007). ). The catalytic role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in facilitating development for the world’s poor and marginalized people is widely recognized (SDC 2005).

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