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New Report from SPIDER: Empowering women through the use of ICT

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The term "digital divide" refers to the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to their use of the Internet for a wide variety of activities. (OECD 2001)

Additionally, the term gender digital divide is related to the fact that there is a significant gap in the use of ICT between women and men. 

For this reason, the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (Spider) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) organized a workshop on gender, ICT and development, providing a final report with several Women Centered Projects looking to increase the use of ICT among women, hence reducing the gender digital divide.

This report is about the challenges, experiences and lessons learned in five different projects in different parts of the world:

"There were two projects in Bolivia, one focusing on empowering female indigenous leaders and the other provided female victims of domestic violence with a safe virtual environment where they could receive support and exchange experiences and information. Another project was carried out in two separate countries on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The project focused on ecological sustainability, diversification of livelihood, basic training in ICT and focused primarily on women’s self-help groups in Kenya and India. In Rwanda the project focus was on integrating ICT into women’s basket weaving practices in order to explore the opportunities of an online presence as well as the preservation of traditional practices. A research project in Vietnam focused on the consideration given to gender in the development of ICT." (SPIDER 2012)

 Empowering women through ICT: http://bit.ly/x6ucJM