Women, gender equality, and digital technology

Rojin Vishkaie

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This exploratory study investigates the subject of the gender equality and women’s empowerment and their engagement in smart development, with a primary focus on ICT and wearable technologies, such as small-scale intelligent devices and interactive sensor elements. Although a growing body of academic research on the topic is increasing, there is a gap in envisioning how aspects of the wearable technologies can optimally engage with the context of the development field and women’s empowerment in developing countries. The main contributions of this study combine both empirical and conceptual design components to support the design and evaluation of a smart development that enhances gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries. The first step towards this study was to con-duct a pilot study that involved five newly arrived African women in the USA. Participants were asked to discuss their experience with the role that current digital technology plays in women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHCI International 2018 – Posters’ Extended Abstracts - 20th International Conference, HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319922690
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Conference on HCI, HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference20th International Conference on HCI, HCI International 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Digital technology
  • Empirical and conceptual design studies
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interaction design
  • Women’s empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


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