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Engendering ICT Policies: Practices from Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Patience Zirima
Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
No. 71, ICTs - Women Take a Byte (2007), pp. 70-79
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Agenda Feminist Media
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27739245
Page Count: 10
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Engendering ICT Policies: Practices from Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Abstract

This focus assesses Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies in southern African countries, namely Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It examines whether countries have ICT policies in place, whether these address gender realities in the region and what actions have been taken since policies have been implemented. The author argues that having an ICT policy within any given country is essential to improving access to ICTs by disadvantaged groups. The paper shows that gendered ICT policies will go a long way in reducing inequalities between the sexes and also between Africa and the rest of the world. It offers an analysis of how these policies improve women's access to ICTs within various sectors, such as commerce, agriculture, education, governance, health and tourism. The focus argues, however, that it is not enough to look at ICT policy in isolation but important to consider what mechanisms governments have put into place to ensure that women have access to and make effective use of ICTs.

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