Cinderella Or Cyberella?: Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society

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Kumarian Press, Incorporated, 2006 - Political Science - 220 pages
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* Multidisciplinary, with authors widely recognized as experts on issues of gender and technology in the developing world * Focuses on ICTs and economic empowerment of women in developing countries Cinderella or Cyberella: what is the future for women in the knowledge society? Cyberella is fluent in the uses of technology, comfortable using and designing computer technology, and working in virtual spaces. Cinderella works in the basement of the knowledge society with little opportunity to reap its benefits. Promoting women's empowerment through ICTs is one of the critical development challenges of the 21st century.Nancy Hafkin and Sophia Huyer, acknowledged as leading scholars on gender and information technology, have assembled a stellar group of authors for this collection. Each essay in the collection depicts ways in ICTs provide opportunities for women to improve their incomes, gain awareness of their rights, and improve their own and their families' well-being. Illustrative case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, show the global possibilities for women's empowerment through ICTs.

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Nancy J. Hafkin has worked on issues of gender and information technology and development for over thirty years. She has been Chief of Research and Publications at the African Training and Research Centre for Women of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. she headed the Pan African Development Information System and served as team leader for promoting information technology for African development. In 2000 the Association for Progressive Communications established an annual Nancy Hafkin Communications Prize competition, with the first prize allocated to women-led initiatives. She has a Ph.D. in African history from Boston University. Sophia Huyer is Executive Director of Women in Global Science and Technology and Senior Research Advisor with the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development. She is a Fellow of the World Technology Network and a finalist for the World Technology Network Award in 2002. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and International Development from York University.

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