ICT and Women's Empowerment: A Review from Development Communications Perspective
Abstract: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is growing
rapidly in Indonesia, especially the internet. Data Association of Indonesian
Internet Network Providers (APJII) revealed that 132.7 million Indonesians
have used the internet. This data shows almost all circles using the internet. Not
only in the city, but also in the countryside and in the coastal areas, many
residents use the Internet by using a smartphone. Data also shows that the
internet user is still dominated by men. Women are considered incapable and
less capable in utilizing ICT. However, many research results emphasize that
information technology or the Internet can help spread in improving social and
economic processes. This paper examines about how ICTs and women's
empowerment are in the perspective of development communication. This is
because development should not be gender biased and there is an active
participation of women in order to avoid discrimination. A case from Indramayu
District of West Java province becomes a sample for this study. It revealed that
there is a gender biased and women are willing to be empowered through
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