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Use of ICTs for Women Psychological Empowerment in South Africa: Telecentres and Empowerment of Women

Use of ICTs for Women Psychological Empowerment in South Africa: Telecentres and Empowerment of Women
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Author(s): Abiodun Alao (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Roelien Brink (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Kenneth Ohei (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 37
Source title: Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ndayizigamiye (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Glenda Barlow-Jones (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Roelien Brink (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Stella Bvuma (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Rehana Minty (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Siyabonga Mhlongo (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2983-6.ch003

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Abstract

The term ‘empowerment' has been defined in many ways in different professional fields. Empowerment means to develop a person's full potential to achieve a range of human capabilities. For people to be productive, they may need to be empowered to gasp their sense of self-worth and be able to tackle their personal issues. The study investigates the contribution of ICT tools such as telecentres for the empowerment of women in disadvantaged areas of the Western Cape, South Africa. The essence of empowerment entails the alteration of individual lives to attain goals they may have not been able to achieve. Thus, empowerment is an active, multi-dimensional progression that allows people to comprehend their potential and powers in all spheres of life. The study used the Dimensions of Empowerment Theory to explain the outcome of women's use of the telecentre using the dimensions of empowerment output indicator.

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