Publications

ICT for women to reach development goals

  • Women and access to ICT: A case study of India

    • Published date: 14 June 2016
    • Published By: Ranjana Agarwal and Gunjan Malhotra
    • Abstract: The Indian society is depending actively on the ICT ,which acts as a pioneer sector in Indian economic growth and development . The Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Industry is the most promising related ICT industry in India. It attracts the majority of exports and thus generates significant values of GDP and revenues. Moreover, the ICT sector is the most attractive sector for Indian direct and indirect employment. In this regard, "women constitute half of the resources of the nation and a significant portion of IT workforce. The paper is aiming to find out factors affecting women's access to ICT education in India, find out factors affecting women's participation in ICT employment in India".

  • Women’s empowerment through openness: OER, OEP and the Sustainable Development Goals

    • Published date: April- June 2016
    • Published By: Leigh-Anne Perryman & Beatriz de los Arcos
    • Issued by : Open Praxis
    • Abstract: There is no doubt that ICTs has remarkably contributing in ICT empowerment. The relation between the women empowerment and ICT, and ICT and women inclusion are upcoming issues. Thinking about the different potentials that could employed in different sectors and that could help in the previous goals are one of the main tasks of the current research papers. In this regard, “this paper explores the potential of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in helping achieve women’s empowerment in the developing world. Our evidence comprises the Open Education Research Hub open dataset, featuring survey responses from 7,700 educators, formal and informal learners from 175 countries concerning the use of OER, the barriers faced in respect of OER adoption and OEP engagement, and the perceived impact of OER on teaching practices. Our findings indicate that OER and OEP can give women a voice, access to information and education, and the opportunity to connect with peers and train others. However, they also highlight extreme inequalities in digital empowerment and extensive technological barriers to digital participation. We argue that while such technological barriers certainly need removing, the potential of openness can only fully be realised when ‘offline’ societal and economic barriers to women’s empowerment are also minimised. .

  • Gender Issues & Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D): Prospects and Challenges for Women in Nigeria

    • Published date: March 2015
    • Published By: Kwetishe Joro Danjuma and others
    • Abstract: This paper is mainly analysing and evaluating the issue of digital divide in Nigeria, also it delivers examples for challenges and prospects for women empowerment. The ICT technology has a favour on several economic sectors and social categories as well. However, the issue of the digital divide which occurs in several regions could limit the women's utility offered by the previous means, and this could have a considerable effect on ability of them to access to the resources. On the other hand, women are often out of the ICT policy. This challenge is the core of the report.

  • Empowering Women Through ICT

    • Published date: 2012
    • Published By: The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) – Edited By : Caroline Wamala
    • Abstract: This report is reviewing the impact of ICT on the women's circumstances who are who participated in the projects of (SPIDER). Furthermore, it will provide a brief of gender, technology, and ICT in development the project activities which took place within the local context, and this will be discussed within a general profile of each country.

  • Information and communications technology and gender equality: new opportunities and challenges for public administration to implement the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals

    • Published date:19 January 2010
    • Published By: Economic and Social Council- United Nation
    • Abstract: This conference paper is mainly introducing some insights about challenges and opportunities for public administration in achieving gender equality and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals through ICT. In addition, the ICT applications that could be utilized by the public administration and governance to help women in participating in decision-making. The ICT works as a dual tool that could boost both the economic development and women inclusion and empowerment. "More importantly, ICT can be used effectively to organize social mobilization to address a negative perception about women’s role in society and create an awareness of women’s rights".

  • Information and Communication Technologies for women's Socio-Economic Empowerment

    • Published date: 30 June 2009
    • Published By: Samia Melhem and Nidhi Tandon
    • Abstract: The report will provide a brief overview of major themes for women and ICTs, including issues for girls versus women; the ICT workforce; and opportunities versus the threat of ICTs for women’s lives. The report will discuss as well the issue of women and Sciences and Technologies. Several policy recommendations will be drawn, amongst which the economic opportunities women can bring to develop through ICTs. This will not be realized unless policies for all mainstream efforts take gender considerations into account. Policy makers should host forums that allow gender experts to debate the issues and arrive at a diversity of perspectives and recommendations that recognize the complexity of the issues and their impact on socio economic development. Policy is needed to ensure that investment in ICTs contributes to more equitable and sustainable development for all."