By Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb
This book explores the ways that ladies in Africa make the most of details and communique applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; even if throughout the cellular village cell enterprise, via net use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in keeping with the end result of an in depth learn undertaking, this well timed books gains chapters in response to unique fundamental box learn undertaken by way of lecturers and activists who've investigated occasions inside of their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue comprises such matters because the idea 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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Extra info for African Women and ICTs: Creating New Spaces with Technology
We find that women have already started appropriating the mobile phone, finding their own ways to overcome difficulties of literacy, language and costs, working together and using it as a tool for expanding their assets and capabilities with no need for technical training or back-up. Perhaps this is the best example of self-empowerment through utilizing new ICTs – which is not happening with computer-related ICTs, given the way they are presented to rural women. We are of the opinion that rural women cannot appropriate computer-related ICTs and consequently be empowered by them unless much more attention is given to making computer-related technologies and tools useful for them.
We now understand better that in order for rural women to find computer-related ICTs empowering, it is not enough just to provide equipment. This means that the telecentre and other institutions involved in women’s development and empowerment have to make great efforts to provide content in formats usable by rural women, by placing more emphasis on capabilities and socio-economic issues that rural women value. These issues include prices, agricultural production methods and family well-being. Creating other socio-economic conditions, such as the means for surviving, may help women to be able to give some of their time to making use of computer-related ICTs, and to be empowered by this use in a number of (not necessarily economic) ways.
Eighty per cent of Mozambique’s total population (20 million, 52 per cent of whom are women) is rural, and 80 per cent of rural workers are women, of whom only 2 per cent are in the formal sector. Manhiça dis trict, 80 kilometres north of Maputo, has a population of nearly 200,000, with a poverty rate estimated at 60 per cent in 2003. Sixty per cent of women and girls over five have never attended school and only 12 per cent have completed primary education, although 20 per cent speak Portuguese.
African Women and ICTs: Creating New Spaces with Technology by Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb