Cyberfeminism, technology, and international "development"

Gend Dev. 1999 Jul;7(2):8-16. doi: 10.1080/741923122.


PIP: This article reports on the implications and benefits of Internet technology among women from developing countries. Cyberfeminism is the practice of feminism in cyberspace. Feminists believe that women should take control and augment Internet technologies to empower themselves. Learning to use the computers, getting "connected," and surfing the Internet are encouraged among all women with the aim of advancing feminist causes and empowering women. The Internet has been observed to cause radical changes in the way business and social activities are conducted. A description of how two women have engaged in cyberfeminism and worked in development and technology programs is included. One contributor, Annapurna Mamipudi, is involved in a non-governmental organization working with traditional handloom weavers in India Another contributor is Radhika Gajjala, who works in academia and creates on-line "discussion lists" and Web sites from her North American geographical location. Her job is to create spaces that provide opportunities for dialogue and collaboration among women with Internet access all over the world.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Computers*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Economics
  • Electronic Data Processing
  • Feminism*
  • Information Services*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Women's Rights