Publications

ICT & Women Entrepreneurship/ Empowerment

  • Empowerment Zones? Women, Internet Cafés, and Life Transformations in Egypt

    • Published date: Winter 2007
    • Published By: Information Technologies and International Development –by: Deborah L. Wheeler
    • Abstract: ICT is a master source for empowerment especially for females in Middle East and North Africa. This article uses 25 interviews with female Internet café users in Cairo in order to set the reasons behind the empowerment gap. The study focused on the average number of hours online per week. The study ended that the Egyptian society could cover the gap only if : 1) increase information access/professional development, 2) expand or maintain social networks and social capital, and 3) transform social and political awareness. The study illustrated how, when and why the ICT can contribute in transforming women’s lives.

  • Access to financing and ICT for women entrepreneurs in the UNECE Region challenges and good practices

    • Published date: 2004
    • Published By: UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
    • Abstract: This report is providing "best practices" for minimizing gender divide by enhancing the women accessibility to ICT. Cases from UNECE member countries in North America, western Europe as well as Eastern Europe and CIS provide role models in women’s self-employment and entrepreneurship which could pave the way for better women’s employability. This practices is a step toward performing Millennium Development Goals in the context of addressing gender equality, poverty alleviation and sustainability of economic growth and development.

  • Overcoming the gender digital divide: Understanding ICTs and their potential for the empowerment of women

    • Published date: 2003
    • Published By: Sophia Huyer and Tatjana sikoska
    • Abstract: This paper is viewing the results of a previous research that concentrated on the potential of ICTs could offer to empower women and girls. It begins by exploring the prevailing approaches to the potential of ICTs for women’s empowerment. Then it identifies the main barriers to women access and use of ICTs . Finally, it explores main strategies and polices to face the barriers.

  • Empowerment and Governance through Information and Communication Technologies: Women’s perspective

    • Published date: 2001
    • Published By: Vikas Nath
    • Issued by : Intel Info
    • Abstract: Despite the availability and the provision of ICT, evidence showed that a sort of inequality between women and men in consuming and benefiting from it. Considering this fact, more efforts should be paid to guarantee the inclusively flow for the ICT services to the women population. ICT has contributed in empowering women, opening new economic and social potentials. “The paper explores the avenues created by ICT enabled networking processes for women in the areas of empowerment and governance, the hindrances faced in engendering of these processes and goes on to suggest ways to ensure that greater benefits accrue to women in a distributed manner”.

  • Empowering Women Through ICT-Based Business Initiatives: An Overview of Best Practices in E-Commerce/ E-Retailing Projects.

    • Published date: Not Available
    • Published By: Edited by Sylvia. Maier and Usha Nair-Reichert
    • Abstract: The ICT contributed effectively in development, poverty eradication and the empowerment women in the Global South. "ICT-based business initiatives, and e-commerce projects in particular, have been hailed as “potential goldmines” for women’s empowerment". This paper is reviewing the " best practices of e- commerce and e- retaining projects" on ICT that helped in empowerment of women. In addition, it clarified the main factors that redound in this success such as: government and institutional support, expansion of market access, and managerial best practices.
      ITU study in 2005 indicated that ICT is a bedrock of women development. On the other hand, development agencies, such as the World Bank, USAID and the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have substantially increased funding for ICT projects that especially aimed to empower women, such as e-commerce, e-government, business development, and networking projects. Women had increasingly proven to be active participants in a large variety of ICT-enabled projects, such as computer training and data entry facilities, call centers, billing, computer repair work, and e-enabled businesses. The paper is mainly focused on responding to the question: How did ICTs and the development of e-commerce/ e-retailing projects facilitate the empowerment of women, and what are the characteristics of successful e-commerce/e-retailing projects? .

  • Women and the Web

    • Published date: Not Available
    • Published By: Intel Corporation
    • Abstract: The is no doubt that the internet contribute in boosting female activities in Egypt. Internet contributes in signifying their ideas, resources, opportunities, boosting income level in addition to gender equality, empowering women. However, gender gap occurred in this area obviously. Overcoming the previous issue could generate immenseness benefits or both society level and women level.

  • What About Gender Issues in the Information Society?

    • Published date: Not Available
    • Published By: Dafne Sabanes Plou
    • Abstract: ICT played an essential role in reinforcing the gender relations especially in the political area. ICT is working as a medium that could stimulate women democratic participation and formulate women's voice in the public sphere. The women's movement has become an active participant in the preparatory process for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Women are struggling to ensure that gender is a cross-cutting principle when discussing ICT policies at all levels, international, regional and local. They encourage democratization of policy processes within the ICT sector, including use of ICT tools to support this process, and to formulate and implement ICT policy using principles of openness and fair participation. This collective participation in the communications field is also an essential element for women's empowerment.