Gender and ICTs for development
A global sourcebook
|Auteurs||S.J.R. Cummings (editor) , H. van Dam (editor) , M. Valk (editor)|
|Serie||Gender, Society and Development|
Volume 8 in the series Gender, Society & Development
Around the world information and communication technologies (ICTs) have changed the lives of individuals, organizations and indeed, entire nations. This book is a collection of case studies
about women and their communities in developing countries, and how they have been influenced by ICTs. ICTs can have profound implications for women and men in terms of employment, education, health, environmental sustainability and community development.
Women want information and engage in communication that will improve their livelihoods and help them to achieve their human rights. This represents a formidable challenge to all societies in todayís world, and especially to developing countries. Due to systemic gender biases in ICTs and their applications, women are far more likely than men to experience discrimination in the information society. Women are not giving up on ICTs. On the contrary, even resource-poor and
non-literate women and their organisations are aware of the power of information technologies and communication processes and, if given the opportunity to do so, will use them to advance their basic needs and strategic interests.
Five case studies illustrate the different contexts facing gender and ICTs for development, including e-commerce in Bhutan, entrepreneurship by women workers in China, post-war communication using radio and ICTs in Sierra Leone, sustainable fisheries production in Ghana, and information
exchange related to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. An extensive annotated bibliography of the international literature on Gender and ICTs for development, rural development in
particular, and relevant web resources, complement the papers.
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