Women’s access to and control of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are influenced bay factors that en and women differently. A gendered approach gives a more comprehensive and sensitive view into these issues. Women’s access to and control of ICTs are determined by factors such as gender discrimination in jobs and education, social class, illiteracy, geographic location (North or south, urban or rural), lack of access to financial resources ad high costs of access.
The development of infrastructure includes many choices that involve decisions about location of facilities, the nature and choice of technology, cost and pricing. Women tend to have less disposable income to spend on communications. In many cases, public access centres or cyberspace are located in places that fail to take in account the impediments to women. Common problems associated with this are inappropriate opening times, safety issues and lack of transport.
The availability or lack of women support staff and trainers in these facilities also impact on women and girl’s use of these resources. Literacy and education, geographic location, mobility and social class affect the capability of women in using information and knowledge.