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How mobile phones promote gender equality and empower women in Africa and Asia

A Kenyan secondary school girl uses her mobile phone to read during a break in a rugby tournament in Nairobi. Photograph: Ronda Zelezny-Green

Ronda Zelezny-Green, PhD student exploring links between gender, learning and mobiles in the ICT4D collective at Royal Holloway, University of London, posted in theguadian’s Global Development Professionals Network about how mobile phones can help achieve gender equality in education.

She gives insight into mobile-based literacy projects that can transform he lives of women in Africa and Asia. However there is a abundance of phones the access for girls and women still remains a barrier.

According to Zelezny-Green there are two main objectives to harness the potential of mobile learning to increase gender equality in education:

  • Support stakeholders that recognise the promise

Supporting organisations working towards realising gender parity in education with time, funding, devices or expertise can help build additional evidence of the benefits and challenges to be addressed for mobile learning interventions designed to benefit women and girls.

  • Empower women and girls as designers

Ensuring that women and girls lead the design of mobile learning interventions can help increase the possibility that interventions will meet their needs – and fuel gains for gender parity in education.

Read the full article via MDGs: how mobile phones can help achieve gender equality in education | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional.


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This entry was posted on March 12, 2013 by in Africa & Internationalization, Apps, Ethics & Policy, Women and tagged , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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