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Gender Disparities in Access to and Use of ICT in Senegal

Gaye Daffé and Fatoumata L. Diallo
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Gaye Daffé: Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale (CRES)
Fatoumata L. Diallo: West African Monetary Agency (WAMA)

Chapter Chapter 10 in Women and Sustainable Human Development, 2020, pp 165-179 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract Women have become major actors in economic and social life in both developed and developing countries. Their desire for participation in economic life, however, is hindered by their limited human capital capacities as well as the discrimination they face, particularly in accessing information and communication technologies (ICTs). This chapter analyses gender inequalities in access to and use of ICTs in Senegal. The results show the following: first, even in cases where female-headed households are in a position of equality with those headed by men when it comes to ICT endowment, gender disparities are expressed in terms of control, endowment and content. Furthermore, gender disparities in access to technology are expressed less when the use of technology is personal and requires less technical expertise. Finally, the determining factors of gender disparities in ICT accessibility are the availability of basic infrastructure and the cost of access to technology.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-14935-2_10

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