Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East
Fig. 1. Journalism and Social Media in Africa. Courtesy of Zed Books, 2014.

Zed Books published a new book titled "Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies" written by Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb.

Publication Data

Buskens, Ineke & Webb, Anne. Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies. Zed Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781783600427.


What is the link between information communication technology and women's empowerment in today's development context? How can ICT facilitate the pursuit of a better world?

Exploring the rich complexity of the contexts in which they live and work, the authors of Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East offer a multitude of perspectives and experiences, avoiding simplistic answers and solutions.

Based on analyses from twenty-one research teams in fourteen countries, this much-needed, human-centred contribution to the fields of gender, development and information communication technology questions, demonstrates and suggests what it takes to wield the emancipatory potential of ICT.

Table of Contents

I. Agentic ICT use: the aspiration for emancipation versus the power of gender traditions
1. Healthy women, healthy society: ICT and the need for women's empowerment in Yemen - Ahlam Hibatulla Ali, Huda Ba Saleem, Nada Al-Syed Hassan Ahmed, Nagat Ali Muqbil and Abeer Shaef Abdo Saeed
2. Computer proficiency and women's empowerment: gendered experiences of ICT at the University of Khartoum - Amel Mustafa Mubarak
3. Towards non-gendered ICT education: the hidden curriculum at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe - Buhle Mbambo-Thata and Sibonile Moyo
4. Equal opportunities on an unequal playing field: the potential for social change in the ICT workplace - Salome Omamo and Edna R. Aluoch
5. Can new practice change old habits? ICT and female politicians' decision-making in Senegal - Ibou Sané
6. Personal expansion versus traditional gender stereotypes: Tunisian university women and ICT - Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine
7. Hiba's quest for freedom: ICT and gender-based violence in Yemen - Rokhsana Ismail and Radia Shamsher Wajed Ali
II. Developing critical voice in and through safe ICT-created space
8. ICT in a time of sectarian violence: reflections from Kafanchan, northern Nigeria - Kazanka Comfort and John Dada
9. Disconnecting from and in the public sphere, connecting online: Young Egyptian women expand their self-knowing beyond cultural and body-image dictates - Mervat Foda and Anne Webb
10. Teenage girls' sexting in Cape Town, South Africa: a child-centred and feminist approach - Jocelyn Muller
11. Of browsing and becoming: young Yemeni women enhance their self-awareness and leadership capacities - Zahra Al-Saqqaf
12. ICT in the search for gender freedoms: Jordanian university students think, talk and change - Arwa Oweis
13. Scheherazades of today: young Palestinian women use technology to speak up and effect change - Vera Baboun
14. Jordanian bloggers: a journey of speaking back to the politics of silence, shame and fear - Rula Quawas
III. ICT- enhanced relating and becoming: personal and social transformation
15. Sex, respect and freedom from shame: Zambian women create space for social change through social networking - Kiss Brian Abraham
16. Ancient culture and new technology: ICT and a future free from FGM/C for girls in Sudan - Einas Mahdi Ahmed Mahdi and Ineke Buskens
17. Finding new meaning, creating new connections: ICT empowers mothers of children with special needs in Egypt - Nagwa Abdel Meguid
18. Serving self and society: female radio presenters in Uganda effect social change - Susan Bakesha
19. Challenging the silence, secrecy and shame: transforming ICT's role in increasing pre-marital sex in Sudan - Ikhlas Ahmed Nour Ibrahim
20. Reviving the power of community: how Radio Rurale Femme de Mbalmayo in Cameroon became a catalyst for equality and democracy - Gisele Mankamte Yitamben
21. Transforming relationships and co-creating new realities: landownership, gender and ICT in Egypt - Saneya El-Neshawy
IV. Methodology
22. Research methodology for personal and social transformation: purpose-aligned action research, intentional agency and dialogue - Ineke Buskens

About the Authors

Ineke Buskens is a cultural anthropologist working internationally as research methodologist and gender consultant, currently residing in South Africa. Aligning herself with a sustainable, just and loving world, Ineke designs and facilitates research, capacity building and gender awareness processes that foreground self-awareness, intentionality and dialogue. Born in the Netherlands, her degrees are from Leiden University, where she co-designed and co-facilitated the first Women's Studies majors in the country. After having been Head of the Centre for Research Methodology of the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa for five years, Ineke established her consultancy Research for the Future in 1996. Ineke has led several transnational, interdisciplinary and multi-method research projects, of which the GRACE Research Network, involving 28 teams in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East, has been the latest. She has published on qualitative and emancipatory research methodology, women's health, Gender and ICT4D and Open Development. 

Anne Webb focuses on the design and coordination of qualitative research and learning processes to address and reduce gender inequality in Canada and internationally. To this end she has been working with communities and research teams for over twenty years, involving people from many walks of life and locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Anne’s approach to feminist qualitative research brings together elements of participatory action research, socio-economic analysis and critical self-awareness. She is currently designing and coordinating a two-year multi-country research and learning process. From 2005 to 2013 she was the research coordinator of GRACE.

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