Women, Gender Equality, and Digital Technology

Abstract:

We present an exploratory study which examines the subject of gender equality and women’s empowerment and their engagement in smart development, with a focus on ICT and wearable technologies, such as small-scale intelligent devices and interactive sensor elements. Although a growing body of academic research on this topic is increasing, there is a gap in envisioning how aspects of wearable technologies can optimally engage with the context of the development field and women’s empowerment in developing countries. The main contributions of this exploratory study combine both empirical and conceptual design components to support the design and evaluation of smart development that enhances gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries. The first step towards this study was to conduct a pilot study that involved five newly arrived immigrant women to the USA, from Africa. Each was asked to discuss their experiences in how current digital technologies can play a role in women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Reference:

Vishkaie, R. (2018). Women, Gender Equality, and Digital Technology. Springer: HCII.

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