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 conversation applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; even if throughout the cellular village cellphone company, via web use, or via new occupation and ICT employment possibilities. according to the result of an intensive study undertaking, this well timed books beneficial properties chapters in response to unique fundamental box learn undertaken via teachers and activists who've investigated events inside of their very own groups and nations. The dialogue comprises such matters because the inspiration of ICTs for empowerment and as brokers of swap, ICTs within the struggle opposed to gender-based violence, and the way ICTs might be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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Yet what is often overlooked is that an adequate energy supply is a prerequisite for the development potential of ICTs to be realized. The intention of this chapter is to explore what women in a small rural community in South Africa think are the limitations of and potential benefits that may be realized through the provision of energy services (using the mini-hybrid system) in relation to their access to and use of certain ICTs such as cell phones, radios and televisions. Developing countries – and particularly rural people within these coun­ tries – suffer from a lack of investment in basic infrastructure and services, including energy provision.

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. The global trend in mobile phone technology development presents a mixed blessing for women’s empowerment, its use contributing to both integra­ tion and fragmentation of existing family structures.

It became evident that the renewable energy programme in Lucingweni has never really benefited the rural households 42 in the manner described or anticipated, particularly not in relation to the basic needs expressed by the women we spoke with. It has also become clearer that access to new ICTs is still a faraway reality for the vast majority of people, such as the women involved in the research. Lack of provision of basic infrastructure and services hampers deployment of ICTs. The lack of adequate, reliable and appropriate energy sources in particular impedes access to and use of ICTs.

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