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Becoming a Mobile Internet User in a South African Rural Area: The Case of Women in Dwesa

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- Enablers
- Challenges
- Outcomes and Impacts

- Digital Literacy And Skills
- Internet Or Digital Rights and Freedoms

Author(s): Lorenzo Dalvit & Mfundiso Miya

This paper explores how and why women in Dwesa, a South African rural area, learn to access the Internet on their mobile phones. Extensive research in this area was analysed to provide a solid background to a small-scale, in-depth qualitative study. Our findings reveal that rural women can be digitally literate and information-aware users who are deeply embedded in local social networks and use their phone to mediate the local context. This is significant as it contradicts a stereotypical image of African rural women as marginal participants in the information age.


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South Africa,

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