|With funding from the Pan Asia Networking Small Grant in 2002, a study was conducted on the special members of our pilot project, Salaam Wanita. Most Salaam Wanita members are homebound because of physical disabilities, illnesses or family commitments such as being caregivers to disabled and chronically ill family members.
Consequently, they are unable to seek employment or business opportunities outside their homes to supplement their family incomes.
In addition to discrimination and prejudice from the public, depression resulting from long-term isolation and their lack of self-esteem prevent most of them from seeking income-generating options outside the confines of their homes.
The barriers that prevent Salaam Wanita members from using ICT and becoming home-based entrepreneurs for economic self-reliance were identified. Findings: The study reveals that women have to go through the 5As Process of Change within the Gender Governance framework to take ownership of knowledge, share information and participate in activities that empower them to work from home.
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