Gendering ICTs: Access and Feminist Activism in China
Since the 1990’s, new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are changing our world. However, it may not result in gender equality but actually sustain or even deepen gender inequalities. This talk will discuss some key concepts and some facts regarding gender and ICTs in a Chinese context, exemplifying with cases of feminist activism since the 1990’s that illustrate how ICTs have been used and appropriated. The talk will highlight the strategic potential and need of appropriating digital technologies in order to empower women and improve gender equality in Chinese society.
Bu Wei is professor at the Institute of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research covers a range of topics related to communication for social change and ICT. She has published extensively on issues related to how children, women, and migrant workers use different kinds media, as well as issues related to girl's development, HIV/AIDS, trafficking of children and women etc. Bu Wei has also served as a consultant to different UN organizations, including UNICEF.