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The Sada Says 'We Women have our Rights' - International Communication Gazette/Vol.69/August
by Ami Sengupta; Esther G. Long; Arvind Singhal

Abstract:
This study analyses Voice for Humanity's (VFH)Sada initiative to promote women's rights, citizen participation and civic education during the Afghan parliamentary elections in 2005. A qualitative assessment was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of how Afghan women, in particular, utilized the Sada device. This research, positioned within current literature on information communication technology (ICT) and gender, views the Sada device a solar-powered digital audio player (similar to an MP3 player) as an CT. Universally, women have unequal access to ICTs, yet the findings of this study suggest that projects such as this one in Afghanistan can play a powerful role in promoting women's rights. The findings reiterate that information dissemination, spurred by a suitable technology, can lead to family and community dialog. Such dialog, coupled with a more enabling environment for women's concerns, can contribute to women's empowerment and realization of women's human rights.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 19 pages
Publisher: Sage Publications (2007)
Location: Thousand Oaks, United States
Language: English
ISSN: 17480485

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