Contributions of the Research Line on Literacy and Digital Inclusion of Women: Overcoming Digital Divides and Obtaining Real Benefits in their Daily Lives

Rocío Jiménez Cortés
Universidad de Sevilla


This research follows a trajectory of work in the field of women’s studies and learning with digital technologies. The research is undertaken by the DIME HUM 833 research group from University of Seville (Spain). Extensive research projects have basically focused on: (a) characterize the processes of digital inclusion and know how women (with different profiles professionals, entrepreneurs, unemployed, students ...) learn with technologies and overcome digital divides (MAIA Project), (b) to value the processes of participation and learning in social networks and their influence on the subjective and emotional well-being of women (RURAL WOMEN Project). A third research in process is presented on the line (ALCMENA Project). The aim of this project is (c) describe the situation of middle-aged and older women in the Andalusian Digital Society and learn about their experiences with digital technologies. Mixed-type research has been developed from a survey studies and qualitative studies based on techno-autobiographical interviews and thinking aloud protocols. The final sample was made up of 1340 women for the MAIA Project and specifically 478 in rural areas for the RURAL WOMEN Project. The results show a moderate degree of digital inclusion of women. The results point to the research offers a detailed knowledge of the role that current digital technologies are playing in the lives of a wide diversity of women. The results show different learning ecologies from the women with different profiles. The results are shown in detail in the book Jiménez-Cortés et al. (2016). At the same time, the research shows that participation in democratic processes online has the potential to improve the quality of life of women and gives them greater control over their lives and satisfaction. This knowledge allows women to prepare for an active and full digital citizenship, which brings them well-being. The results are shown in detail in other papers (Jiménez-Cortés, 2015; 2016). The expected results of the ALCMENA Project will show processes of digital empowerment and strategies of middle-aged and older women that serve as a reference to guide the actions of interested social agents and institutions.

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