ERIC Number: ED458348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Gender, Information Technology, and Developing Countries: An Analytic Study.
Hafkin, Nancy; Taggart, Nancy
This report and executive summary examines the current situation of gender and information technology (IT) in developing nations. The first section describes women as users of IT, producers of IT, and IT decision makers. The second section notes obstacles to women's access (literacy and education, language, time, cost, geographic location, social and cultural norms, and skills) and discusses women's access to IT education and training (studying science and technology, roles in family and society, cost and schooling systems). The third section examines the impact of IT on women's work (women in information and communications technology, the gendered workforce, the impact of globalization on women's work, and trends and issues). The fourth section discusses political empowerment of women through IT (improving governance, IT for the political empowerment of women, education, and indigenous knowledge). The fifth section focuses on ensuring women's ability to take advantage of IT opportunities (engendering IT policy, improving women's access to IT, improving girls' and women's access to education, microcredit, and how poor women can access and benefit from IT). Two appendixes include information technology education and training indicators for women and gender and information technology web resources. (Contains 334 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Literacy, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Employed Women, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Foreign Countries, Gender Issues, Governance, Information Technology, Political Power, Poverty, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.