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Empowering women through ICT
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. (Spider)
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The empowering use of ICTs is closely connected to socio-economic development, this potential towards social transformation demands that everyone should have access. Prevailing inequalities in access to ICTs throughout the world suggest that many groups are hindered by their social economic circumstances from developing a relationship with ICT. Empirical evidence that shows that women all over the world use ICT to a lesser extent than men this inequality is referred to as the gender digital divide. If access to ICTs can promote sustainable socio-economic development and women lag behind, a significant portion of the world’s population must be aided by a targeted approach and a variety of efforts have aimed to do so.

This volume offers a review of Spider supported projects that gave specific focus to the empowerment of women through ICT and contributes to on-going discussions in the area. Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. The use of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities and this grounding aimed to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa.

Abstract [sv]

Informations- och kommunikationsteknologier (IKT) är nära kopplade till social och ekonomisk utveckling. Potentialen att främja social förändring kräver att alla har tillgång till dessa teknologier. Den utbredda ojämlikheten i tillgång till IKT pekar på att sociala och ekonomiska omständigheter utgör ett hinder för många grupper att utnyttja dessa teknologier. Empiriska studier har även visat att kvinnor världen över har sämre tillgång till IKT  än män. Denna diskrepans kallas ofta den digitala genusklyftan. Om tillgång till IKT r ska bidra till  hållbar social och ekonomisk utveckling  måste en stor del av jordens befolkning av kvinnor få stöd genom riktade insatser.

Denna publikation är en granskning av Spiderprojekt som fokuserat på kvinnor och IKT. Spider har finansierat ett flertal projekt med avsikt att öka användningen av IKT  bland kvinnor och genom detta öka deras möjlighet till självbestämmande. Insatserna har fokuserat på aktiviteter i  vardagen och resultat visar att framgång var starkt kopplad till hur väl dessa teknologier anpassades till kvinnornas vardag och inte tvärt om.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Universitetsservice US-AB , 2012. , 72 p.
Series
Spider ICT4D Series, 4
Keyword [en]
women, ICT, ICT4D, development, empowerment, gender, developing countries
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Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74018ISBN: 978-91-85991-03-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-74018DiVA: diva2:506080
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-27 Last updated: 2012-02-27Bibliographically approved

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