African Women and ICTs: Creating New Spaces with Technology

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Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb
Zed Books, Apr 15, 2009 - Political Science - 256 pages
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This book explores the ways in which women in Africa utilize Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate their empowerment; 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 books 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 ICTs for empowerment and as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence, and how ICTs could be used to re-conceptualize public and private spaces.

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Contents

Womens use of information and communication technologies
21
Rural womens use of cell phones to meet their communication
44
the fight against
88
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About the author (2009)

INEKE BUSKENS is a Cultural Anthropologist and was Head of the Centre for Research Methodology at South Africa's Human Science Research Council for 5 years. She founded Research For the Future in 1996 and now works as an independent international research and process facilitation consultant. ANNE WEBB is a feminist qualitative researcher rooted in participatory action research approaches.

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