When working with ICTs in developing countries and employing various projects and initiatives, emphasis needs to be placed on marginalized groups and minorities, including women. Overcoming gender inequality in health should be placed on the forefront of National ICT plans as ICTs have the potential to transform gender roles and relations, increase the access of health services to women, and improve the psychological, physical, and emotional well being of women in LDCs. Although ICT projects face many challenges in regards to women’s health, many countries in West Africa, Uruguay, and Uganda have worked towards overcoming these obstacles and have contributed to the “integration of ICTs into health initiatives”.
In Western Africa for example, female circumcision has affected over a hundred million girls and women. Organizations in the region have taken a stand against this harmful practice and have been harnessing ICTs to educate on the damaging effects of female circumcision, to intervene, and to prevent its continued widespread practice.
Original Post by Lana Abdulsamad