Empowerment and Impact of Computer Education among Mumbai Muslim Youth
Across the developing world, ICT is helping men and women improve their lives, take advantage of new opportunities and realize their full potential. It is a powerful enabler of a crucial development goal --- empowerment. Given the prevalence of computers and their centrality in IT revolution, computer literacy becomes a key factor governing individual’s position in the globalized world. Supplemented with value added skills, it creates a competitive edge for the participants. However, ICT impacts men and women differently. The present study explores gender differences in the various facets of empowerment - psychological, social, educational and economic resulting from computer adoption. Secondly, gender differences in access/ use to computers and Internet, value added skills and perceived practical values of the Internet were studied. Finally it seeks to assess the socio-economic impact of computer adoption.
Keywords: Empowerment, Gender, Access, Value Added Skills, Perceived Practical Value of the Internet
Dr. Farida Umrani
Research Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Prof Rehana Ghadially
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay