The Community Library as Site of Education and Empowerment for Women: Insights from Rural Uganda

Shelley Kathleen Jones
2009 Libri  
Community libraries in developing countries can be important sites of knowledge exchange and acquisition for women with little or no formal education living in communities characterized by extreme poverty and gender inequities. As locally managed and operated institutions, specific needs identified by community members shape their mandates, activities, and types of resources. Community libraries also offer a "neutral" space where women can safely gather and independently or collectively pursue
more » ... earning in areas of relevance and interest to them. This paper explores the impact of Kyato Community Library (KCL) on women's lives in a rural Ugandan context. It considers
doi:10.1515/libr.2009.012 fatcat:crvhz22iandgjpfnbhd2ny4viq