Latest GRACE Book release; ‘Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies’



GRACE has released a second book:Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East Changing Selves, Changing Societies’ after several years of in-depth Qualitative Action research. This book comes 5 years after the first GRACE book: African Women and ICTs : Investigating technology, gender and empowerment was released in 2009.

The chapters of this book are written by GRACE Researchers from Africa and the Middle East and edited by Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb.

The book interrogates the link between information communication technology (ICT) and women’s empowerment in today’s development context. Investigating how ICT can facilitate the pursuit of a better world. Exploring the rich complexity of the contexts within which women in Africa and the Middle East live and work.

Authors of Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East offer a multitude of perspectives and experiences, avoiding simplistic answers and solutions.

Based on analyses from twenty-one research teams in fourteen countries, this much needed, human-centered contribution to the fields of gender, development and information communication technology questions, demonstrates and suggests what it takes to wield the emancipatory potential of ICT.

The following are some of the reviews for this book.

This book is far from the usual hyperbole about the wondrous transformation that ICTs can make in women’s lives. The transformations are there, but so too are the trials at the intersection of ICT, gender, and society.  The individual chapters by researchers from both Africa and the Middle East are fascinating for their insights and for the complexities that they reveal.’

Nancy Hafkin

 

‘This is a rich, challenging and rewarding read for anyone interested in better understanding the role of ICTs in women’s empowerment. This book offers reasons to be optimistic about the transformative potential of ICTs without losing sight of the power structures in which they are embedded.’

Dr Martin Scott, author of Media and Development

 

“This  book written by researchers from African and Arab countries  about their own realities offers new challenges to decolonize their regions and liberate the images of both women and men.’

Dr Nawal El Saadawi: Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist

‘How do women use information and computer technologies to empower themselves and contribute to social development? In this welcome addition to the growing literature in the field of women, development, and ICTs, a range of case studies elucidate both the emancipatory nature of ICTs and the formidable structural and cultural obstacles that remain.’

Professor Valentine M. Moghadam, Northeastern University

 

‘This remarkable book offers a diversity of rich case studies of women using ICTs for empowerment in Africa and the Middle East within contexts which are normally male-dominated in their norms and values. The book is a valuable antidote to both technological utopianism and dystopianism, and should be required reading for those interested in ICTs and development, both women and men.’

Geoff Walsham, Emeritus Professor of Information Systems, University of Cambridge

 

‘This is a rich, challenging and rewarding read for anyone interested in better understanding the role of ICTs in women’s empowerment. This book offers reasons to be optimistic about the transformative potential of ICTs without losing sight of the power structures in which they are embedded.’
Dr Martin Scott, author of Media and Development

 

To know more about how you can access this book, access Zed books here:http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/hardback/women-and-ict-in-africa-and-the-middle-east

 

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