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Cognitive change in women's empowerment in rural Bangladesh

Laizu, Z., Armarego, J. and Sudweeks, F. (2010) Cognitive change in women's empowerment in rural Bangladesh. In: 13th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, ICCIT 2010 , 23 - 25 December, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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    Abstract

    Rural women in Bangladesh have limited access to resources and public spheres due to socio-cultural restrictions. Women suffer from severe discrimination, due partly to a lack of access to information. Information and communication and technologies (ICT) are tools that potentially can reach rural women and address their knowledge and information needs. Considering this scenario, the aim of this paper is to examine the situation of rural women using ICT tools provided by non-government and government organizations, and investigate whether access to ICT has changed their lives in terms of socio-economic development. Using a structured questionnaire, data was collected from women in villages where two different ICT projects have been introduced. The change in women's awareness, skills and knowledge of the wider environment on various issues (including health, education, legal rights) is described. These cognitive changes were compared in women with ICT intervention and women who did not use ICT. The overall cognitive awareness of the women indicates more changes among women with ICT intervention than without. Therefore, ICT intervention in rural villages in Bangladesh is leading to empowerment.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
    Publisher: IEEE
    Copyright: © 2010 IEEE
    Notes: Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This paper appears in the Proceedings of 2010 13th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, ICCIT 2010 2010, Article number 5723869, Pages 277-282
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4273
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