"Missing women": Gender, ICTs, and the shaping of the global economy

Hazel Gillard, Debra Howcroft, Natalie Mitev, Helen Richardson

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In a key article (Walsham & Sahay, 2005) outlining research on information systems in developing countries and suggesting potential areas for future research, a notable omission was the issue of gender and gender relations. In this article, we draw on the substantial gender and development literature to demonstrate the centrality of gender to our understanding of information systems (IS) in developing countries. In particular, we consider the relationship among gender, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and globalization to illustrate how changes in the global economy both impact on and are influenced by changing gender identities and roles. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-279
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Technology for Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Developing countries
  • Development
  • Gender
  • Gender relations
  • Information and communication technologies


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