Investigating Technology, Gender and Emp owerment
Edited by Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb
The revolution in information and communication technologies (lCTs) has vast implications
for the developing world, but what tangible benefits has it brought, when issues of social
inclusion and exclusion, particularly in the developing world, remain atlarge? In addition, the
gender digital divide is growing in the developing world, particularly in Africa. So what does
ICT mean toAfrican women?
Afican Women and lCTs explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize lCTs to facilitate
whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet
use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities.
Based on the outcome of an extensive research project, this timely book features chapters based on original primary field research undertaken by academics and activists who have investigated
situations within their own communities and countries. The discussion includes such issues as the notion of lCTs for empowerment and as agents of change, lCTs in the fight against gender-based
violence, and how lCTs could be used to re-conceptualize public and private spaces.
ICT policy is currently being made and implemented all overAfrica, but the authors argue
that this is happening mostly in the absence of clear knowledge about the ways gender
inequality and lCTs are impacting each other and that by becoming alert to a gender
dimension in ICT developments at an early stage of the information revolution, we may be
able to prevent greater scaled undesirable effects in the future.
and Anne Webb
1. Doing research with women about their lives - Ineke Buskens
- Jocelyn Muller
Amina Tafnout and Aatifa Timjerdine
10. The names in your address book: Are mobile phone networks effective
in advocating for women's rights in Zambia?
-Kiss Brian Abraham
11. Women entrepreneurs in Nairobi: Examining and contextualizing women's choices -
Alice Wanjira Munyua
- Gisele Yitamben and Hise Tchinda
PART 4: Creating New Spaces Through lCTs: Self determination
and influencing others
'17. Our journey to empowerment: The role of ICT - Ruth Meena and Mary Rusimbi
a woman's s Day -lneke Busken