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 girls in Africa make the most of details and verbal exchange applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; no matter if during the cellular village telephone company, via web use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. in keeping with the result of an in depth study venture, this well timed books gains chapters according to unique fundamental box study undertaken through teachers and activists who've investigated events inside their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue comprises such concerns because the concept of ICTs for empowerment and as brokers of swap, ICTs within the struggle opposed to gender-based violence, and the way ICTs can be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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She uses the mobile phone to communicate with her members, wherever they are. We also found a woman who used her mobile phone to seek work – she could be contacted when a temporary job came up. Another Manhiça woman, who divides her time between the field and domestic work at home and has a family of ten, told us that when there is no food in the house, they use the mobile phone to contact relatives in South Africa to ask them to send food. Other women have opened small businesses selling pre-paid credit cards for mobile phone use.

Our findings con­ firm, however, that while the women involved in the study are making constructive use of the mobile phone and community radio, most rural women do not find computer-related ICTs (computers, e-mail and the Internet) particularly relevant or sufficiently useful to their immediate survival needs. In some cases these women are unaware of the possibil­ ities of computer-related ICTs. We respect the heavy responsibilities and never-ending workload faced by rural Mozambican women (and other poor women around the world), and have learned lessons from their rational methods for choosing priori­ ties.

Another Manhiça woman, who divides her time between the field and domestic work at home and has a family of ten, told us that when there is no food in the house, they use the mobile phone to contact relatives in South Africa to ask them to send food. Other women have opened small businesses selling pre-paid credit cards for mobile phone use. One interviewee makes a profit from her three phones, which helps to pay school fees and household expenses, while she also assists clients – mostly other women – by teaching them phone use or dialling for them.

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