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The GRACE Project

The Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) project was initiated in 2005 involving 14 research teams in 12 countries. In March 2008 the GRACE project entered a second phase, continuing to involve the network of research teams in Africa, and introducing the project to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, adding 6 countries and 14 teams to the Network.

We focus on gender research into ICT for empowerment, uncovering and exploring women's experiences of empowerment in the context of their gendered, social, cultural, economic and political realities.

In exploring how women in Africa and the Middle East are changing their gendered realities through Information Communication Technology, GRACE researchers also report how ICT, when employed in deeply patriarchal environments can, if not countered, exacerbate gender inequality at the same time.

GRACE is managed by The GRACE Project Voluntary Association, based in South Africa.

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African Women and ICTs: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

The revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has vast implications for the developing world, but what tangible benefits has it bought, when issues of social inclusion and exclusion, particularly in the developing world, remain at large? In addition, the gender digital divide is growing in the developing world, particularly in Africa - so what does ICT mean to African women?

By providing a deeply researched investigation of the role of African women in the society and in the specific sphere of information technologies, the authors of this study have substantially enriched our understanding of development problems in general and African development in particular. We have reason to be grateful.
- Amartya Sen


Grace is an initiative envisioned and funded by
the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), developed by Research For the Future (RFF) and managed by The GRACE Project Voluntary Association
Grace est une initiative initiée et financée parle Centre de recherches pour le développement international (CRDI), développée par Research For the Future,
et gérée par l'Association Volontaire Projet de GRACE .

Women's rights are the rights requested for women and girls of many societies worldwide. In some countries, these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behavior, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to be free from sexual violence; to vote; to hold public office; to enter into legal contracts; to have equal rights in family law; to work; to equal pay; to have reproductive rights; to own property; to education. There are a lot of people who do not value these rights and therefore, we want to spread them. We know that there are a lot of laws, like privacy policy, to remind everyone, but women's rights are our first priorities.

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