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 info and conversation applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; no matter if in the course of the cellular village cellphone company, via net use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in response to the result of an in depth examine venture, this well timed books positive aspects chapters in response to unique basic box learn undertaken through lecturers and activists who've investigated events inside their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue comprises such concerns because the inspiration of ICTs for empowerment and as brokers of swap, ICTs within the struggle opposed to gender-based violence, and the way ICTs may be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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In Lucingweni a mini-grid hybrid system was commissioned in 2004 as a renewable energy rural electrification pilot project by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (as mandated by the Department of Minerals and Energy) and installed by Shell Solar. The renewable ­energy system comprises a 50 kW array of Shell Solar 100W photovoltaic (PV) modules and 36 kW wind generators. Two hundred and twenty house­ holds in the village were connected to the system, allowing each the use of four lights, a radio, a television and a cell phone charger.

Volunteering at the radio and telecentre is also seen as an opportunity for socialization in the rural communities. Some scholars, such as Carnoy (1975) and Sen (2003), have argued that going to school not only enhances literacy skills but also enables children to learn how to socialize, which is good for their future. 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.

The telecentres were 22 Exploring the use of ICTs by rural women in Mozambique Our field data are essentially qualitative, collected through semis­ tructured interviews, group discussions in various configurations, obser­ vation and life histories. The interviews were conducted in local languages with women visiting the telecentres during the period of fieldwork, local 23 A tool for empowerment? conceived as development centres and are locally owned, providing access to computers, IT training, word-processing and graphic design, public phone (landline), fax and photocopiers, e-mail, Internet and information services.

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