Learning to use ICTs is a great way for women to advance
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CTA. 2000. Learning to use ICTs is a great way for women to advance. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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She got her passion for communication and her activist-like interest for information and communication technologies (ICTs) from her father, a telecommunications engineer. Currently completing her PhD in international economics at Strasbourg...
She got her passion for communication and her activist-like interest for information and communication technologies (ICTs) from her father, a telecommunications engineer. Currently completing her PhD in international economics at Strasbourg university in France, Gisèle is also the executive secretary of ASAFE, the Support Association for Women Entrepreneurs, with 4,000 members in Cameroon and beyond. For her the new millennium is that of telecommunications, and so it is essential that women fully learn how to manipulate ICTs. In November 1999, she headed the ASAFE delegation to the First Cyberforum for Women Entrepreneurs from Africa and the Diaspora, held in Douala, Cameroon, which brought together more than 100 women from all over the world for six days to exchange their knowledge and experiences. 'Power', Gisèle asserts, 'is not a personal issue. Maybe I do have an aura because I have a certain level of education but it is only together that we have the power to change things, so that parents have the means to provide a basic education for their children and so that women, including those in rural areas, have got access to information. For example, this first-ever cyberforum meant a breakthrough for a woman from Benin who produces dried cashew nuts manually with six people. Thanks to the Internet, she found a market in the United States. Sure, she will need funding for more modern equipment, and more personnel: but the diaspora will help her there.'