Measuring women's empowerment: development of a model

$10.35 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:

Abstract:

The need for a measure of women's empowerment has been long and well recognised. There remains much debate over how this can be done and most of the tools produced so far have been inadequate to the task. Two issues have hindered the development of a representative tool: first, the lack of agreement on what women's empowerment actually is; and second, the tension existent between the empowerment of individual women and women as a social group, because not all women experience their disempowerment by patriarchy similarly, and some women will benefit more from empowerment than others. Historically the means to measure women's empowerment have been based on what feminist statisticians and economists nominate as male normative indices, which do not represent women as a social group. I developed a qualitative longitudinal means for measuring empirically the empowerment of targeted, or project specific, groups of women that uses the women's experiences as yardsticks. In this article, I use my study of women's empowerment through ICTs as an example of women's empowerment generally.

Keywords: Australia; ICTs; feminism; gender; human rights; methodology; political empowerment; qualitative methods; women

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/macp.4.3.369_1

Affiliations: Murdoch University, Australia.

Publication date: December 8, 2008

More about this publication?
  • The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those that traverse cultures and nations.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
UA-1313315-26
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more