October 2005

Can ICT cross the Gender Barrier?

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The aspect of gender in the whole ICT circle though very important is least debated.

Gender issues, be it women's education, equality of rights or violence against them, has always been an integral part of any nation's social reform processes. During India's struggle for freedom Raja Rammohan Rai, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Gandhi and others led movements for the upliftment of women in the society.

Traditionally in all the developing economies the social fabric gives advantage to men to know and interact more with the outside world. Women are devoted to a social responsibility of cooking, managing their homes and families. With a result education and learning occupies a backseat for them. First radio, and subsequently television had an immense impact on these women. It became a source of entertainment, information



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