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By Ineke Buskens, Anne Webb

This book explores the ways that ladies in Africa make the most of info and verbal exchange applied sciences to facilitate their empowerment; no matter if throughout the cellular village telephone company, via net use, or via new profession and ICT employment possibilities. according to the result of an intensive learn undertaking, this well timed books beneficial properties chapters in accordance with unique basic box study undertaken via teachers and activists who've investigated occasions inside their very own groups and international locations. The dialogue contains 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 should be used to re-conceptualize private and non-private areas.

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The lack of good and cheap access to a telephone connec­ tion (or often any connection at all) is a major constraint on e-mail and Internet use; another important factor is the shortage of ICT professionals countrywide. Eighty per cent of Mozambique’s total population (20 million, 52 per cent of whom are women) is rural, and 80 per cent of rural workers are women, of whom only 2 per cent are in the formal sector. Manhiça dis­ trict, 80 kilometres north of Maputo, has a population of nearly 200,000, with a poverty rate estimated at 60 per cent in 2003.

By following this approach we attempted to achieve a number of objectives: • To introduce to the women participatory tools and techniques that explicitly build learning and reflection into their lives. • To develop skills and confidence in the women to use certain qualita­ tive and participatory methods and techniques. • To offer a participatory methodology for the women to creatively inte­ grate their vision for energy and ICTs, so that it reflects their values, needs and desires, individually and collectively.

For example, a xicadju seller in the market told us that sometimes her friends ask to make calls, send messages and bips (callback requests). Even though unable to send text messages, some illiterate women knew how to receive and make calls, and recognize a name on the phone contact list. Others did not even know how to dial a number, but used the phone by asking someone else to help. ’ Interestingly, some who did not own mobile phones also mentioned the importance of being able to phone the police in the case of problems.

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