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Rural women, development, and telecommunications: a pilot programme in South Africa.

Authors
  • Schreiner, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1999
Volume
7
Issue
2
Pages
64–70
Identifiers
PMID: 12349219
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This article focuses on the impact of a telecenter program in Bamshela, South Africa, on women in the local community. The Government's telecenter initiative was conceived with an awareness of gender issues and the need to promote women's needs and rights in mind. However, as the center moves into its second year, many opportunities for the it to have a meaningful impact on the community from the start have already been lost. It has not generated enough income to keep prices at an affordable rate. Research has shown that many Bamshela women are using the telecenter as a phoneshop. Lack of knowledge, skills, and education among women is an obstacle to their use of computers at the center; however, center managers believe that rural women will become familiar with electronic methods of communication and may come to use these services. The telecenter has a long way to go before it can replace face-to-face communication and bring prestige to the community.

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