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Cinderella or Cyberella?: Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society Paperback – July, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc. (July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565492196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565492196
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,303,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cinderella or Cyberella? provides an excellent overview of the critical issues addressing the global participation of girls and women in today's information society. It serves as both a resource for comprehensive understanding and a strategic guide for taking the necessary steps to ensure women fully participate in and benefit from information and communication technologies."

"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

Nancy Hafkin has worked on issues of gender and information technology and development for over thirty years. She has been Chief of Research and Publications at the African Training and Research Centre for Women of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. she headed the Pan African Development Information System and served as team leader for promoting information technology for African development. In 2000 the Association for Progressive Communications established an annual Nancy Hafkin Communications Prize competition, with the first prize allocated to women-led initiatives. She has a Ph.D. in African history from Boston University.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe VINE VOICE on August 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
What role can information and communication technologies (ICT) play in women's aspirations? How can ICT advance their hopes for economic and social development and equal opportunity in societies in developing countries? Nancy Hafkin and Sophia Huyer, both well known as authorities in this field, bring together eight experts from a wide range of backgrounds, to explore these questions and related issues in this very readable and highly informative compilation. ICTs here incorporate not only computer and internet technology but also cell phones and community radio, the latter two being of particular importance in less industrialized countries.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elke U. Costanti on March 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
It is a very useful book, as a reference, for beginners or for experts, because it presents a small review of women's issues to date and presents a challenge to the upcoming years, in the context of information and communications technologies. Useful for students and professionals, feminists or not...
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