This article discusses the potential role that African women could play in bridging the digital divide in Africa. Though the article does not cover the topic in-depth, it made me think of the ways in which women might play a role in bridging this divide in developing countries. Women are primarily responsible for childcare in most of the developing world, and therefore, they have the potential to introduce their children to the many uses of ICTs. If women received greater training in the use of technology, jobs that were previously available only to men might become more accessible to women. This would help women to gain a greater foothold in the formal sector in places like Latin America where great numbers of women work in the informal sector. Greater access to information might allow women to learn new methods of contraception and disease prevention, cures for minor illnesses and injuries, methods for lightening their household duties, or job openings they might otherwise not learn about.
6 September 2011
Women’s Role in Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa
These possibilities are exciting and inspiring, but the article did not discuss in detail how to go about granting women greater access to information and communication technology. Though the article mentions a few potential avenues for helping women in this capacity (workplace training and mentoring, etc.), I would be interested to hear more specific ideas about ways in which to increase women’s role in bridging the digital divide.