One-Day Workshop on "Gender and ICTs in a Global Society"
Tuesday 6th June 2006
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
This one-day workshop of the UK Development Studies
Association "Information, Technology and Development"
study group looks at the integration of gender issues into both
processes and outcomes of the "information society".
On the one hand we have evidence that ICTs can bring benefits
to women: access to critical information and services, and
increased economic and social opportunities through ICT-
based employment or enterprise development. On the other
hand, there are signs that ICT-based activity merely reproduces
– even reinforces – existing gendered inequalities.
This workshop invites presentations with new evidence on
women's engagement with ICTs and the information society at
an individual and/or collective level. Presentations may be
drawn from a broad theoretical and empirical range. We have
a particular interest in evidence from developing countries but
also seek research from a western context where there is some
The deadline for submission of a c.250-word abstract is 31st
March 2006, with final presentations/papers due in May.
Abstract submissions should be made to Richard Heeks
([log in to unmask]), convenor of the I,T&D
Some funding may be available to pay within-UK-only travel
expenses for presenters at the workshop. The workshop will
include presentation of findings from the UK Department for
International Development-funded "Women's ICT-Based
Enterprise for Development" project
Do please pass details on to relevant colleagues.
The workshop is co-organised by Shoba Arun
([log in to unmask]), Institute for Global Studies, Manchester
Metropolitan University; and Richard Heeks, Development
Informatics Group, IDPM, University of Manchester.