Rural e-governance in India: For whom?

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February 10, 2010

Rural e-governance in India: For whom?

Mujeres Sarpanchas-Foto Anupama Saxena

In India’s rural e-governance initiative, 33% of local government seats are reserved for women. Rural village heads of Chhattisgarh State – one of India's poorest-- can now participate in the public process and in theory remotely communicate the needs of their villages through the use of a low-cost computer that does not require computer literacy. But women are not taking the active roles that were expected. Using GEM, APC's gender evaluation methodology, Dr. Anupama Saxena and her team are finding out why winning an electoral seat does not necessarily guarantee that your voice is heard within the governance system if you are a woman.

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Gender Evaluation Methodology for internet and ICTs
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2010