Information and Communication Technologies: A Priority for Women

By Sophia Huyer, Marilyn Carr - 2002

The majority of women still do not have access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) which are appropriate to their needs, and neither are they active participants in the process of science and technology development. Women's effective access to information and communication technologies can help them achieve increased participation in production and productivity thereby contributes more to their economic development. This article looks at the current situation of women and the digital divide. How can ICTs support social development? How can they be used by women to help meet livelihood needs? After a survey of the current efforts to increase women's access to ICTs, this article concludes that using ICTs to support women's productive activities should be seen as a priority area.

By Sophia Huyer, Marilyn Carr| 2002


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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