Economic Empowerment of Women and ICT

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					Connectivity for Empowerment
of Rural Women - A Case from
       CEEWA-Uganda

               Florence N. Kuteesa
     Council for Economic Empowerment of
          Women in Africa (CEEWA)
                 Uganda Chapter
Moving Beyond Tangibles

  • Traditional Factors of Production-to
    productivity, efficiency and
    effectiveness
  • Powerlessness and Isolation
  • Women take over greater challenges
    and responsibilities
  • Voices of the poor-mainstreaming
    Gender into Development Initiatives

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ICTs Enabling Women to
BIND,
  • Building the Confidence of Individual Women
  • Improving Women’s Skills at Individual,
    Group and Community Levels
  • Networking Women with the Community,
    National and World at Large
  • Diversifying Economic Opportunity for
    Women

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The Empowerment Triangle

                The Individual




                Empowerment


  National,     Communicate      The Group and
Regional and
                                 the Community
International
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Challenges in Rural
Communities
 • Access
   –   Poor Infrastructure,Sustainability
   –   Language of communication
   –   Distance to Telecentres
   –   Male Dominance in Telecentre
   –   Time Constraint due to multiple roles
   Application and Utilisation ( Drop out)
   –   Low Level of appreciation of ICTs
   –   Illiteracy
   –    Relevancy of Message and Information
   –   Packaging of information Materials


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 Conclusion

• Huge Potential to Empower
  Women Entrepreneurs
  Especially in Rural Africa by
  Bringing them Together
  - Useable Services-
  provides information needs
  (best practices, awareness).
  - Efficiency- business
  operations with minimum
  cost and time.
  - Effectiveness-                Don’t be alone, BIND together!
  demystifies entrepreneurship
  and motivates
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