Tomorrow is March the 8th, International Women’s Day. To celebrate this recurrence I thought about sharing with you a story where the words «rural communities», «women empowerment» and «solar energy» are put together.
Here’s our story.
Barefoot College, a well-known Indian non-governmental...
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Mobile financial services (MFS) are emerging rapidly in the developing world, with over 150 mobile money deployments live and over 110 more...
This internationally observed day recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October...
Women farmers in the Africa operation areas of Airtel are set to benefit from practical information sharing tools through the Airtel mobile network. This comes at the foothills of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the UN Women (the United Nations unit for gender equality and the...
By Leah Meadows. Orginally published on Agri-Fin Mobile, a site about Mercy Corps' project to “bundle” key services of agricultural advice from private sector, research and extension institutions with financial services providers and telecommunications companies.
When Ida was 15 years old, she...
Access to information and the creation of knowledge are key drivers of social and economic transformation. In agriculture, new information and knowledge fuel innovation and increase productivity and competitiveness. The ability of farmers to participate in and benefit from growth in the sector is...
Info ladies cycle around remote villages in Bangladesh with laptops, headphones and USB sticks, to bring internet access to locals. They help tens of thousands of people – especially women – get everything from government services to chats with distant loved ones, expanding access in a country...
With the support of the grant from African Women Development Fund in 2009, Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) built the capacity of 39 women member entrepreneurs, in the use and application of ICTs for enterprise development. The project was carried out in two Regions of Uganda...
Abstract: Empowerment of rural women in Bangladesh can reduce gender inequality and improve their social status. Despite its significance, the issue cannot be done with solved easily as there are many factors that tend to debar its progress. In this regard, this paper aims to consider the multi-...
“Despite the rapid growth in mobile telephony in low and middle-income countries in recent years, women are 21% less likely than men to own a mobile phone. This has given rise to a mobile phone ‘gender gap’, where there are 300 million fewer female mobile subscribers than male subscribers in low-...
The purpose of the study is to critique marginalized south Indian coastal women’s world in the light of potential of ICTs to empower through the use of Critical Theory. Methodology - Qualitative research startegy was used. Face-to-face interviews were conducted by the researcher with the coastal...
Abstract: This study critically examined the access of women farmers to Information and Communications
Technology (ICTs) as against their male counterparts. A total of 120 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed using structured questionnaires. Data collected were subjected to...
While the growth of mobile phones is undeniably impressive, when we look at issues more closely, mobile phones are far from being the panacea that some purport it to be. This master thesis [PDF] by Kari Mackey adds to a literature that examines the relationship between mobile phones and gender...
When was the last time you met a truly empowered woman? Well, earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to meet Valiben Macwana, one of the 1.7 million empowered self-employed women's association (SEWA) members.
SEWA, based in Ahmedabad, India, is an organization of self-employed women workers who...
Abstract: Are mobile phones the best vehicle for reducing gender inequality in the developing world? ICT experts champion the use of mobile phones to improve women’s lives, and various stakeholders have invested millions of dollars to launch mobile phone programs for women. Yet, given high female...
Join this event on International Women’s Day, March 8, to discuss "Not Only About Women" in gender for agriculture. This twitter chat is the latest event in the Gender Global Learning and Evidence Exchange...
Women farmers in the East and Horn of Africa region are poised to benefit from practical information-sharing tools via Airtel’s mobile networks. This follows a memorandum of understanding signed between the UN Women (The United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women) and...
The ICTs in recent years have witnessed major changes and are emerging as a powerful tool for accelerating agricultural growth in a developing country like India. There has been a rapid growth in the lCT sector since the late 1980s and the use of ICT has dramatically expanded since the 1990s....
The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) is collaborating with Farmerline to empower Ghanaian women to consolidate their role in the business of fish farming. Farmerline will provide recording keeping services, mobile-based communication and advisory...
The debate: Using online platforms to increase access to open data, share best practices for monitoring women's land rights started February-6 of 2013 and will continue until April 8-11 2013 . Here is a synthesis of the first three days.Important questions were raised on how the information...