The Role of ICT in Women's Empowerment in Rural Bangladesh

Laizu, Zebunnessa and Armarego, Joycelyn and Sudweeks, Fay (2010) The Role of ICT in Women's Empowerment in Rural Bangladesh. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 217-230.

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Rural women in Bangladesh have limited access to resources and public
spheres due to socio-cultural restrictions. Women suffer from severe
discrimination, and it is thought this is heightened due to a lack of access to
information. Information communication and technology (ICT) is a potential tool
that can reach rural women and enrich their knowledge. This paper discusses
women‟s empowerment in terms of perceptual change in rural villages in
Bangladesh after ICT intervention has been introduced by Non-Government
Organizations (NGOs). Since empowerment is a complex phenomenon to measure
because of its multidimensional aspects and its relationship with time as a process,
the methodology used in this research was an integration of qualitative and
quantitative methods. Using a structured questionnaire, data was collected from
women in two different villages where ICT projects have been introduced. The
change in women‟s perception after using ICT was compared with changes in
women who did not use ICT. The results indicate that ICT intervention changed
women‟s perception in a positive direction in one village but it did not change in
the other village.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: sandra subito
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 15:57
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 15:57

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