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Gender, mobile and development: The theory and practice of empowerment

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posted on 20.03.2018 by Savita Bailur, Silvia Masiero, Jo Tacchi
This introduction to the Special Section sets out the rationale for our focus on gender, mobile, and mobile Internet. We explain our aims in planning a dedicated section and introduce each of the four selected articles across different country contexts. We examine how these articles juxtapose the theory and practice of empowerment. Finally, we raise issues with the way that empowerment is used and applied in ICTD work and we draw on Cornwall’s framework to support our view that access for women (an often-used variable) is not always accompanied by changes in law, policy, or men’s and women’s consciousness or practices; therefore, access does not de facto lead to empowerment. It is this space that we believe needs further exploration. A focus on access and digital literacy for women, while important, is not in itself a sufficiently meaningful criterion for empowerment through mobiles and mobile Internet.

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  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Information Technologies and International Development

Volume

14

Pages

96 - 104 (9)

Citation

BAILUR, S., MASIERO, S. and TACCHI, J., 2018. Gender, mobile and development: The theory and practice of empowerment. Information Technologies and International Development, 14, pp. 96-104.

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© University of Southern California

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

Acceptance date

29/01/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by University of Southern California under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

ISSN

1544-7529

Language

en

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