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Cinderella or Cyberella? Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society

Nancy J. Hafkin and Sophia Huyer, editors
Cinderella or Cyberella? Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society
ISBN: 978-1-56549-219-6
2006/220 pages/LC: 2006009184
A Kumarian Press Book

"An excellent overview of the critical issues addressing the global participation of girls and women in today’s information society. It serves as both a resource for comprehensive understanding and a strategic guide for taking the necessary steps to ensure women fully participate in and benefit from information and communication technologies."—Claudia J. Morrell, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"An authoritative and rich collection of essays, which are written accessibly and clearly enough to be of use to the widest audience: students, academics, and policy makers at all levels."—Development in Practice


Considering the manifestations of gender inequalities in the access, use, and control of information and communication technologies—and how those inequalities can be erased—the authors of this stellar collection show how ICTs can provide opportunities for women to improve their incomes, gain awareness of their rights, and improve their own and their families’ well-being. Illustrative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America emphasize the possibilities for women's empowerment through ICTs.


Nancy J. Hafkin has worked on issues of gender and information technology and development for more than three decades, including service as chief of research and publications at the African Training and Research Centre for Women (UN Economic Commission for Africa) and as head of the Pan African Development Information System. Sophia Huyer is executive director of Women in Global Science and Technology and senior research adviser with the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Understanding Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Knowledge Society—S. Huyer.
  • Women, Gender, and ICT Statistics and Indicators—N.J. Hafkin.
  • Engendering ICT Policy and Regulation: Prioritizing Universal Access for Women's Empowerment—S.N. Jorge.
  • Cyberella in the Classroom?: Gender, Education, and Technology—S. Huyer.
  • Engendering ICTs in Education: The SchoolNet Africa Experience—S. Issacs.
  • Improved Livelihoods and Empowerment for Poor Women through IT-Sector Intervention—S. Arun, R. Heeks, and S. Morgan.
  • Women in Latin America Appropriating ICTs for Social Change—M. Garrido and R. Roman.
  • Empowerment of Women through ICT-enabled Networks: Toward the Optimum ICT-impact Model—V. Nath.