Driving access for the unconnected means innovation; new business models and new technologies, designed with and for women and other excluded communities, that they can learn to use themselves.
In the last of our blog series on ICT4D and Gender, Michael Wilkinson looks at two articles in the most recent edition of Gender and Development, and examines the careful balance that must be struck between pushing for greater gender equality though ICTs, and the cultural and traditional values of each individual country.
Women all over the world face particular challenges due to societal gender norms. Access to technology is one of many areas where women in developing countries are left behind or are not advancing as fast as their male counterparts.
The first of the Principles for Digital Development is Design with the User. When the majority of those still unconnected are women and girls, what can we do to ensure that we are designing for their inclusion?
When people are in extreme and exposed situations where often others dictate the rules and paths of their lives, the issue of gender inequality becomes an even bigger and more difficult subject. Elisabeth Olivius, the author of numerous articles on the subject, speaks of how, even though there is good …