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 girls in Africa make the most of details and verbal exchange applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; even if in the course of the cellular village mobile company, via web use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in line with the result of an intensive learn venture, this well timed books positive factors chapters in accordance with unique basic box examine undertaken via teachers and activists who've investigated occasions inside of their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue comprises such matters because the proposal of ICTs for empowerment and as brokers of switch, ICTs within the struggle opposed to gender-based violence, and the way ICTs should be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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I like to SMS. Men do not like this and they do not know how to do it anyway. Men do not believe in this. They fear that the other person may not have money to respond to the message. Women become more knowledgeable in using the cell phone and they know most of the features because we don’t have money to make calls. One of the initial intentions for the renewable energy pilot project in Lucingweni was to establish a community centre as part of it. According to the women, the contractor promised to build an ICT centre.

Smutylo (2001) Outcome Mapping: Build­ ing Learning and Reflection into Development Programs, Ottawa: International Development ­Research Centre. Gurumurthy, A. (2004) ‘Gender and ICTs: overview report’, Brighton: IDS. Hill, M. (2003) ‘Development as ­em­powerment’, Feminist Econ­ omics, 9: 117–35. 4 | Rural women’s use of cell phones to meet their communication needs: a study from northern Nigeria K azanka C omfort and J ohn D ada This research is an attempt to understand how rural women in northern Nigeria use mobile phones to meet their communication needs.

These areas were chosen because both have benefited from the presence of ICTs in telecentres, including community radio stations, for several years, and therefore offered an opportunity to explore what has been happening in areas where (in technical terms) a minimum level of ICT access is available. Mozambique’s installation of the first district-level telecentres in 1999 marked the beginning of an effort to bring ICT within reach of rural areas and underprivileged groups, including women. The telecentres were 22 Exploring the use of ICTs by rural women in Mozambique Our field data are essentially qualitative, collected through semis­ tructured interviews, group discussions in various configurations, obser­ vation and life histories.

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