The Internet has drastically changed information and knowledge sharing processes globally.
It is a widely accepted medium for transformation and empowerment. Individuals, groups,
communities and nations, including women in their quest for a gender sensitive society
have adopted the Internet as a viable tool. However, despite the countless benefits
of this important tool of communication, research, entertainment, publishing, and
business, there are challenges that affect Internet access
and use among female students at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. This paper
examines Internet access and use among female undergraduates at a Nigerian University.
Selected female undergraduates completed questionnaires. The findings
shows that the university computer centre (University Cyber Café) is the major Internet
access point among the respondents. Research (information searches and learning) ranked
first in the uses of the Internet among respondents, with financial constraints as
the major challenge to access and use of the Internet. Respondents found women-related
websites useful. They derive a certain gratification from these sites. However, most
respondents do not post or contribute material or information on the web. Their interaction
with the web involves mostly downloading. The study concludes that Internet access
and use status among female students at the University of Maiduguri and
women in general would be greatly enhanced if women organizations concentrated on
addressing the challenges identified in this study. Attention should be paid to this
category of women (university students) who have the educational capabilities and
Internet potential to impact women empowerment efforts.