The 37 variables of Millennia2015 - Analysis and answers to the questionnaires

Les 37 variables de Millennia2015 - Analyses et réponses aux questionnaires



V01 - Women, access to information and to knowledge

V01 - Femmes, accès à l´information et au savoir




Author - Auteur-e : First name - Prénom - Name - Nom



Ivana   Milojevic





A01 - Definition of the variable - Définition de la variable



V01-Q - Access to information and knowledge

Girls’ and women’s ability to access relevant, accurate and helpful information regarding their lives, families and society. Their ability to access alternative discourses about equity of gendered roles and non-hierarchical gender regimes.



A02 - Retrospective assessment - Constat rétrospectif



Alternative discourses given to women and girls by women’s and feminist movements have had an enormous influence on women’s empowerment. It is not sufficient to have access only to knowledge and information, one needs to want the access and to know exactly what is being sought after. Girls and women are now expected to attain higher educational levels and to be proficient in multiple forms of literacy. They are also better able to access multiplicity of discourses and to discern as to the quality of information presented within them.


A03 - Actual or emerging trends - Tendances actuelles et émergentes



Positive trends: women’s ability to access the information, knowledge and utilise those for their own empowerment and for the improvement of the quality of life for themselves and their families.

Negative trends: the sheer amount of information available and created today coupled with the expectations of how much one is to know is contributing to information stress and overwhelment. Such expectations are adding to the already high workload women do in their daily lives. Twin dangers of immediacy and speed may not lead to greater community and friendship or access to knowledge but rather to energies being scattered and women’s work never ending.



A04 - Uncertainty and discontinuities - Incertitudes et ruptures



Women are producers of knowledge and information nowadays, which certainly contributes to women’s empowerment. At the same time, because the duties in the private sphere still largely fall onto women, public sphere wherein it is discerned which information and knowledge is of value and use is still largely controlled by men. Women create alternative spaces but they are in themselves marginalised. Alternatively, women’s voices are silenced within mainstream spaces by agendas and priorities still being determined by masculinist values.




A05 - Possible assumptions of evolution - Hypothèses possibles d´évolution



Through education and better access to information and knowledge women become more influential players in their society, their voices and concerns are heard more and they are better able to control the dominant discourse. This positive hypothesis sees increase in cyber democracy, liberation from the limits of time, geography, class, disability, race and gender, freedom to create new virtual identities and communities and so on. This could mean many positive developments for girls and women, 15 years from now.

An alternative hypothesis is that the patriarchal worldview remains an overarching template which then impact on the way in which women’s voices and concerns are vocalised and heard. That is, women’s voices get drowned in the sea of information overload which can cultivate stress, confusion and ignorance. Further to this, those that are already powerful in their respective societies use information technologies to cement and enhance that power – girls’ and women’s power generally being lower, even in more developed courtiers, this trend may actually increased gender gap not just in the areas of education and information but society as a whole.



A06 - Issues - Enjeux



Women may lose their already limited time because of the expectations of the contemporary technological/information society. Slow time may disappear completely, and thus the space in which quality relating between women and their families takes place. Civilisation is speeding and women are being left behind.

On the other hand, women may save some time by easier access to goods and services, enabling enhanced quality of living for themselves and their families.




A07 - Concretes examples - Exemples concrets



Information technologies are driving new world economy and impacting built environment – it would be hard to function in the future without basic information and communication literacy.




A08 - Sources - Liens


Ivana Milojević (2011) Kibernetski feminizam (Cyberfeminism). In S.Markov and I. Milojević, (Eds.), Uvod u Rodne Teorije (Introduction to Gender Theories), Center for Gender Studies, University of Novi Sad and Mediterran publishing, forthcoming August 2011.

Ivana Milojević (2009) Kakva nam se budućnost predskazuje: odgovor sajberfeminizma na sajberpatrijarhat (What future is being foretold: cyberfeminist reposnse to cyber patriarchy), Kultura, 124, 15-40.

Ivana Milojević (2002) Creating Communication Spaces for Not Yet So Virtual People. In S. Inayatullah & S. Leggett (Eds.), Transforming Communication: Technology, Sustainability and Future Generations (pp. 99-107). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ivana Milojević and Sohail Inayatullah (1998) Exclusion and Communication in the Information Era. In W. Harcourt (Ed.), Cyberspace and Women (pp. 76–89). London: Zed books.





A08-2 - Corresponding source-variables - Variables-sources associées


vs018-c2. Egalitarian status of women concerning knowledge.



A09 - Concern - Intérêt





A10 - Priority for women - Priorité pour les femmes

A little




A11 - Priority for scenarios 2025 - Priorité pour les scénarios 2025

A little 



A12 - Women or man - Femme ou homme




A13 - Age group - Tranche d´âge






A14-1 - Home region (State, region, province) - Région d´origne (Etat, région, province)


Serbia and Australia





A14-2 - Area of residence (State, region, province) - Région de résidence (Etat, région, province)


Queensland, Australia





A15-1 - Representativeness of the analysis - Representativité de l´analyse


my own opinion





A15-2 - Number of persons concerned by this analysis - Nombre de personnes concernées par cette analyse







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