Gender and ICT: A Case of Roma (Gypsy) Women in Greek Thrace - “is this a Mouse? i have Many Mice in My House!”

Keratso Georgiadou,
Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris,
Prof. Mary Kalantzis
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The region of Greek Thrace is an interesting case of analysis because of the multicultural identity of the communities living in the area as Greeks, Muslims with Turkish origin, Roma, Pomaks, Armenians and repatriated from FSU Greek Pontius. This report outlines the results of a research conducted from December of 2006 until February of 2007 among Roma (Gypsy) women living in the area of Komotini/Rodopi. The aim of this research is to describe one of the first attempts of Roma women to attend computing lessons and become computer literate despite their total illiteracy. As these women are tripled excluded from the local society due to the social and economical status of their community, to the fact of being women and due to the fact of being Roma (Gypsy), the size of their effort is remarkable.

Keywords: Gender, ICT, Roma, Thrace
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Roma Women in Greek Thrace

Keratso Georgiadou

Pdh Candidate, Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace
Komotini, Greece, Greece

Prof. Gerassimos Kekkeris

Associate Professor, Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace

Gerassimos Kekkeris is associate professor in the Department of Primary Education at Democritus University of Thrace. His research interests include applications of multimedia in aesthetic education, safety in Internet and distance education.

Prof. Mary Kalantzis

Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, Ill, USA

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