Gender and ICT: The Case of Muslim Women in West Thrace, Greece

Keratso Georgiadou,
Prof. Mary Kalantzis,
Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris
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This paper is based on a research among thirty-two women, members of the Muslim minority in the region of Rodopi, North Greece. The aim of the research was to identify the relation of these Muslim women with ICTs. After a small presentation of the historical frame of the existence of the minority in this part of Greece, its demographical development, and a description of the educational system of the minority the paper analyzes the gender and ICT issue in general and more specifically the relation developed among Muslim women and Internet. The aim of this research was to gain an insight into the learning and communication needs and experiences of these women, and the factors that influence these needs and how these are served by ICTs. Through the inquire the efforts of the women, to be included in modern reality, to be released from the engagements that exist in a Muslim community, and their desire to be properly educated and qualified in order to access the labour market, are described.

Keywords: ICT, Gender, Muslim minority of Western Thrace Greece
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Gender and ICT

Keratso Georgiadou

Teacher of maths and computing science, 1st High school Komotini Greece, Aegean University Rhodes
Komotini, Greece

Prof. Mary Kalantzis

RMIT University, Melbourne

Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris

Associate Professor, Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace

Gerassimos Kekkeris is associate professor in the Department of Primary Education at Democritus University of Thrace. His research interests include applications of multimedia in aesthetic education, safety in Internet and distance education.

Ref: I06P0435