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Women, information technology and disaster management: tsunami affected districts of Tamil Nadu

Women, information technology and disaster management: tsunami affected districts of Tamil Nadu Women tend to be more affected by natural disasters and are also a key to managing the aftermath of disasters and promoting disaster prevention as shown in this case study of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India after the 2004 tsunami. Utilising information technology in innovative approaches, a network of 3,500 women's self help groups actively addressed the practical needs of the population after the tsunami including credit, livelihoods, water and sanitation, and healthcare and education. The women worked to ensure the continued sustainable development of the region through using information technology channels for disaster recovery, management and preparedness. Multi-utility telecentres, also known as Village Knowledge Centres (VKC), were run by the local women to promote social change through communication. Gaining knowledge skills also promoted their own independence and advancement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

Women, information technology and disaster management: tsunami affected districts of Tamil Nadu

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2009.028074
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Abstract

Women tend to be more affected by natural disasters and are also a key to managing the aftermath of disasters and promoting disaster prevention as shown in this case study of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India after the 2004 tsunami. Utilising information technology in innovative approaches, a network of 3,500 women's self help groups actively addressed the practical needs of the population after the tsunami including credit, livelihoods, water and sanitation, and healthcare and education. The women worked to ensure the continued sustainable development of the region through using information technology channels for disaster recovery, management and preparedness. Multi-utility telecentres, also known as Village Knowledge Centres (VKC), were run by the local women to promote social change through communication. Gaining knowledge skills also promoted their own independence and advancement.

Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2009

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