Beyond Access: Empowering women and girls through ICT at libraries

Abstract

Within the digital divide of access to information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries exists another gap: between boys and girls, men and women. Particularly in developing countries and rural areas, girls and women are often restricted to traditional roles, and do not have equal access to technologies and technology training. While many international programs are critical pieces of the campaign to foster ICT skills of girls, they often overlook and underuse a potentially valuable resource that could help scale and institutionalize access for women and girls - public libraries. In this brief, Beyond Access examines the role-potential and real-that libraries play in promoting gender equity, with specific regard for access to ICT. Examples from Uganda, Honduras, Ukraine, and many more show that libraries are a safe, stable space for women and girls to work, learn, and socialize through technology.

Recommended Citation

Beyond Access. (2012). Beyond Access: Empowering Women and Girls Through ICT at Libraries. Washington DC: IREX

Keywords

gender, ICT, ICT4D, libraries, women, girls, technology, skills