Empowering Women through ICT Education: Facilitating Computer Adoption

By Farida Umrani, Rehana Ghadially - 2008

ICTs provide knowledge and resources that hold potential for women 's empowerment. Access to technology is not only the availability of hardware, but a training approach that facilitates computer adoption. This study examined the adoption of computer technology by novice urban women. It explored the contribution of psychological variables such as perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, subjective norm, and computer self- efficacy to behavioral intention to adopt computers. Both familial (encouragement, finances, a computer literate member, computer ownership, and access) and institutional (proximity of the training center, preferred gender of the trainer, attributes, and role) support variables were considered. Results indicated that women adopt computer technology if it is evaluated to be useful to them and their family. Familial support such as a computer literate family member and a family computer and institutional support such as convenience of the training center and a patient and flexible trainer were found to be significant factors in facilitating computer adoption.

Gender Technology and Developmentvol. 7 no. 3 359-377

By Farida Umrani, Rehana Ghadially| 2008


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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