English: Cyber dialogue summary for 30 November 2011, Gender and ICTs

Date: December 2, 2011
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Date: 30 November 2011

Theme: Gender and ICTs

Facilitator: Saeanna Chingamuka (GL GMDC Manager) and Shuvai Busuman Nyoni, GL Gender Justice Manager









“ICT’s are reshaping the nature of global economic, social, and political life. Given the centrality and importance of ICT’s, men and women need to have equal oportunities to access, use and master them…”- Zambia

“The information revolution is one of the most amazing things in my lifetime,imagine when I started work no computers, no faxes, no E mails, no cellphone, no skype. Its quite mind blowing.So much more information.But do we have more knowledge?”- South Africa

“Looking at these issues as a police officer, gender based cases are reported on daily bases, so ICT has contributed in educating people who had no access to information on GBV.”- Botswana


Question one: How can women from your community benefit from having access to ICT’s?

  • It increases their participation in the civic, social, political and economic processes critical to achieving change.
  • Exposure to information, be it about rights,how to access resources etc.
  • Enables us to communicate with our leaders about our needs.
  • They are able to carry out their productive, reproductive and community roles; to conduct their bussineses; to work in the ICT industry; to find resources for themselves, their families, their work and their communities; and to have a voice in their lives, their community, their government and the larger world.
  • They are able to realise their human rights including the right to communicate.

Question two: What valuable innovations or insights or economic changes are women missing out on when they have no access?

  • Women in rural areas have no access to gender equality issues because they have no access to ICT’s.
  • Concentration of ICT’s in the urban areas limits the accessibility of new technologies for women because many poor women in developing countries live in rural areas.
  • Enabling broader access will enhance womens participation in societal and developmental proccesses.

Question three: Those who have access to ICT’s, how has that affected your life? Has it made it better or worse?

  • The issue of safety, especially around children and youths; exposure to pornograph, luring young people for sex and trafficking.
  • Access has made it better for me, Idid not know much about issues affecting our country, I can send a message anywhere and recieve instant feedback.
  • If ICT’s are not embraced development in countries will lag behind so it is important.
  • Many people have cellphones which are being used to access different kinds of information.
  • Cellphones have proved to be a good way of disserminating information although sometimes it is limited to urban areas.
  • It is has not changed peoples lives due to the fact that its expensive to access.
  • Technologies need to be monitored in order to effectively use them as they can bring harm although they are good.
  • They contribute to immorality and extramarrital affairs as a down side.
  • It has made the world an accesible global village where one can access information.

 Question four: What kind of ICT’s are available in your community? Please give some examples.

  • Computers and internet .
  • Mobile banking via the MPESA system in Kenya.
  • Radios, televisions and cellphones, sms platforms.
  • An NGO called NYDT in Zimbabwe allows the youth to come to their offices and use internet services.
  • An sms service in Kenya called Mfarm developed by a young woman notifys farmers on the prices of crops from various markets.

Question five: How can the police and other organisations use ICT’s?

  • Extensive education inorder to effectively use ICT’s.
  • Create avenues for ICT’s to be useful in people’s lives.
  • Basic computer training to semi literate women as well as technical training to enhance women’s employment opportunities.
  • Availability of financial resources to train and educate on use of ICT’s.
  • Sensitisation in various ways.
  • Change in attitude towards technology.
  • Find ways in which ICT’s can be use in local languages to maximise benefits.


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