ICT and Women Empowerment in a Rural Setting in India

ICT and Women Empowerment in a Rural Setting in India

Nirupama Prakash
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch002
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The term “gender” is used to refer to behavioral differences between males and females that are culturally based and socially learned. Cultures differ widely in their norms and values regarding gender roles, the normative expectations concerning appropriately “masculine” or “feminine” behavior in a particular culture. The terms “male” and “female” are used for sex differences that are biological in origin, while the terms “masculine” and “feminine” refer to the corresponding culturally specific gender differences that are social in origin (Appelbaum & Chambliss, 1995).
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Socio-Cultural Dimensions Of Gender-Indian Context

Indian culture is one of the most vibrant cultures in the world and rural culture is the backbone of Indian culture. Technology is rapidly changing the life styles and recent past has witnessed technological impact on rural India. However, urban-rural divide, rural poverty, education, gender disparity, maternal health and various cultural problems in rural India continue to be issues of concern. (Mondal, 2007)

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