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Cinderella or Cyberella?: Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society Paperback – July, 2006
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"Authoritative and rich collection of essays, which are written accessibly and clearly enough to be of use to the widest audience: students, academics, and policy makers at all levels."
About the Author
Sophia Huyer is Executive Director of Women in Global Science and Technology and Senior Research Advisor with the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development. She is a Fellow of the World Technology Network and a finalist for the World Technology Network Award in 2002. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and International Development from York University.
Top Customer Reviews
In the first substantive article Huyer places gender equality and women's empowerment in the "knowledge society" in a wider human development context. She provides an excellent brief historical overview of the gender-and-development debate and definitions of key concepts and perspectives. As well, she summarizes the specific donor viewpoints on women empowerment in the context of poverty reduction, as most recently expressed in the Millennium Development Goals. She launches the ensuing discussions in the other articles with the essential question: can ICTs contribute to women's empowerment? The short answer being "yes", Huyer identifies a number of successful examples in the area of economic, socio-cultural, psychological empowerment. Education, legal access and political participation are obvious additional areas where ICTs can have an enabling and/or supporting role to play.
The author then touches on some of the limitations and barriers.Read more ›