Wednesday, November 22, 2006

ICT access for women in rural communities?

empowerment of women in african communities is only possible when they are provided with alternatives...to better health care, job opportunites, education. The basis of this would then be enhanced access to information and communication technology. what is the best approach in providing this to women especially in the rural communities?

4 comments:

Don in California said...

Is the best approach to apply a technological one to spread information? Are there ways in which information is now gained that can be enhanced and perhaps be less costly than technology? Would technology bring with it certain challenges/barriers to sharing information like having to learn to use the technology?

Sandra said...

i am working with university students in kenya trying to teach them basic computer skills. many of them express a desire to access the internet because to them it means that they have 'made it.' for many of them the internet is the ultimate western commodity. they want to be part of the world of madonna, 2pac adn tyra banks and the internet is their opportunity to do that. i am happy to teach these skills but at the same time i feel as though they are forefeiting their own culture...but who i am i to perserve culture?

zack William's Okoth said...

This is a ICT generation and everyone need to be equiped in the same for better life.Women in turn should be the main target in the same especially the rural based women as they can dedicate the best of their time in this if given the opportunity and hence change the appearence of the rural life.

Amos, Bloemfontein said...

don in california poses a lot of insightful questions, but i feel that technology can be conquered by women and yes, they will have to learn it..they can learn it IF it is taught to them in a manner that will make its application relevant to the needs of the women. it would take a longer time to come up with a model that shares information but doesnt necessarily require technology, and time i am afraid to say so is too costly for the rural women.