Becoming Aware of What is Going On: Reflecting on Social and Gender Injustice In Context of Human Development, Poverty and ICTs

Buskens, Ineke. 2009. “Becoming Aware of What is Going On: Reflecting on Social and Gender Injustice In Context of Human Development, Poverty and ICTs,” position paper for Harvard Forum II: ICTs, Human Development, Growth and Poverty Reduction, September 23-24.

In concerning ourselves about the role of ICTs for human development and poverty reduction, we take a position grounded in a sense of social justice and we look through the lens of human agency at the economic potential of ICTs. The concept of human development is grounded in social justice. A commitment to social justice in a gendered world means commitment to the practical application of gender justice. Gender justice is an end in itself, yet social and gender issues are inextricably inter-twined. Women have the right to experience their being-ness for themselves, perceive themselves as the most important reason for their own existence and not be defined mainly by what they mean to others: husbands, children and parents.1 Having said that, social and economic empowerment of women will have a wider development impact than individual women’s advancement, because women are “concerned with the well-being of their children, their husbands and the economics of their villages” 2 and wider communities…

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