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; even if during the cellular village mobile enterprise, via web use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in accordance with the result of an in depth examine venture, this well timed books gains chapters in line with unique basic box examine undertaken by means of teachers and activists who've investigated occasions inside of their very own groups and nations. The dialogue contains such concerns 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 will be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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Similarly, although they do not earn material assets, in addition to technical skills the telecentre provides its female volunteers with a learning experience of socializing with other women, playing a public role in the community, self-organization, and mobilizing assets and ideas to solve problems of common interest. For many of the young women volunteers this may be their first such experience outside school or leisure activities.  | 2 With the use of landline phones declining owing to people’s limited purchasing power, especially in the rural areas, and the rapid expansion of the mobile network (Muchanga and Mabila 2007), there seem to be two main reasons why even poor women find the mobile phone benefi­ cial: its mobility, which means that they can save time, using it without ­having to abandon their workplaces; and the fact that their key contacts, clients or suppliers also have them – so they can interact directly rather than having to travel, leave messages or queue at a public phone at an agreed time to receive a call.

Establishing the energy and ICT vision for development in Lucing­ weni Following introductory discussions that focused on the concepts of energy and ICTs, a reflective process was introduced and repeated to ­enable the participants to define their individual and joint vision in rela­ tion to energy and ICT services in Lucingweni. They did this by reflecting on their lived realities of energy and ICT use and the perceived constraints to accomplishing the vision; further, they explored the potential strategies for overcoming the constraints.

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