Beyond ICT Access and Use: Are Young Women of Mathare Leveraging the Potential of ICTs?
ICTs are an invaluable tool in empowering women in underprivileged societies. However, evidence lacks on how young women of Mathare use ICTs to counter unemployment and a lack of essential services that disproportionately impact them. The article discusses the empowerment of young women in Mathare through ICTs, specifically the radio and mobile phones. The analysis indicates that, in numerous cases, radio has enabled young women to shape the conversation on issues affecting them and have useful information on improving their living conditions. Likewise, mobile phone ownership and the acquirement of ICT skills resulting in young women’s financial inclusion and participation in multiple home-based and income-generating activities have facilitated digital empowerment. However, young women’s low socio-economic status and limited knowledge on the benefits of ICTs were the main barriers to realising the outlined potential. The article concludes with implications for radio stations and telecommunication providers that seek to advance young women’s empowerment.