In the global discourse on ICTs, the concern so far has primarily been outsourcing and the loss of service sector jobs from the developed world. This book focuses, instead, on the positive aspects of the digital economy as they relate to women in the developing world. It illustrates—with case studies from Argentina, Morocco, India, Malaysia and the Philippines—how economic empowerment through the medium of ICTs can change the position of women within their families and the workplace, even in the face of uneven development processes. This timely volume, which is rooted in primary and original research, illuminates the gender-related facets of the emergent information society while raising key questions about the implications of the digital economy on women's work and lives.
Women's Agency and the IT Industry in India
The Indian Information Technology (IT) industry in 2003–04 is a US$15.9 billion enterprise that has developed from scratch in less than three decades (NASSCOM, 2003). The software industry in India which started in the early 1970s has grown at a phenomenal rate since 1980 due to software services such as ...