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Women and technology: If it's not appropriate for women, it's not appropriate.

PRODUCED BY: THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S TRIBUNE CENTRE, 1986.

AVAILABLE FROM: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S TRIBUNE CENTRE, 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA, NEW YORK, NY 10017, USA.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

COST: $US 50

This tape-slide presentation is based on the proceedings of "Tech and Tools: an Appropriate Technology Event for Woemn at Forum '85", where exhibitors from 27 countries discussed the 'appropriateness' of technologies. The set consists of 80 slides, a 15-minute audio cassette tape, a script and a short bibliography. The tape-slide begins by highlighting the issues which confront women in their efforts to have access to and use of technology in development. It raises critical questions about modern technology: who decides, who will benefit and who will profit? Who decides on the priorities? What technology is appropriate and for whom?

Using various examples, the tape-slide show indicates how development in technology in many cases has not brought about any significant improvements for women. If women had been directly involved in projects, many of the failures would have been avoided. Examples are provided of initiatives taken by women to make technology appropriate.

Although the tape is not specific to housing programmes, it does raise general issues about planning and how decisions are made in development programmes. The tape-slide show, therefore, would be an interesting way of bringing up the subject of women's participation in decision-making for programmes that will affect them and their communities either with planners, aid agencies or community groups who are recipients of an aid package. Notes are included on how to use the slides for a presentation.

WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY:

IF IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE FOR WOMEN, IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE

A Production Of

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S TRIBUNE CENTRE