Mobile’s Role in Women’s Development

October 12, 2011

Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, discusses the gender gap in access to mobile technology with Isobel Coleman, director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. Research conducted by Blair’s organization has found that the gender gap is particularly wide in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “A very big problem is actually what you might describe as cultural factors, which perhaps particularly explains the figure for Asia, where women are confined and not encouraged to grow their potential,” says Blair. “There are a lot of assumptions about how freedom for a woman that the mobile phone represents could be a bad thing.”



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